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David B. DeVallance - The Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry

David B. DeVallance

David received a B.S. Degree in Wood Products Processing and Manufacturing in 1997 from the Pennsylvania State University. After this time, he worked for PFS Corporation in Madison, Wisconsin as a Staff Engineer working on testing of engineered wood studs/joists. From 1998 to 2009, he worked for TECO as a staff scientist and performed wood products research testing and analysis, field claim inspections, and a variety of technical duties.

In 2003, he completed his M.S. Degree in Wood Science at Oregon State University. His master’s thesis research involved investigating influences of veneer surface roughness, lathe check, and annual ring characteristics on gluebond quality of Douglas-fir plywood. The results of this research led to receipt of the 2005 Wood Award from the Forest Products Society.

In 2009, he completed his Ph.D. Degree in Wood Science at Oregon State University that focused on development of an optical scanning system to non-destructively predict veneer and laminated veneer lumber tensile properties. Since 2009 he has been working as an Assistant Professor for the Wood Science and Technology Program in the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources at West Virginia University (WVU). In 2013 he was also appointed as the Program Coordinator for the Wood Science and Technology Program at WVU and promoted to Associate Professor in 2015.

His current research focuses areas include: feasibility of biomass for co-generation, biomass pre-processing and pelletizing, development of bio-based composite materials, non-destructive material evaluation, and adhesion and structural properties of cross laminated timbers. He teaches courses in Sustainable Construction, Quantitative Decision Making, Plant Layout, Senior Project Research, and Renewable Materials Marketing.


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