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Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research

Press Release

Professor Frederick A. Kamke giving the first Wilhelm Klauditz Lecture on the importance of wood in the USA

The first holder of the Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship, Professor Dr. Frederick Kamke, who is JELD-WEN Professor of Wood-Based Composite Science in the Department of Wood Science and Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, USA is giving a lecture on the topic of ‘Wood in American Life’.

The lecture is to be given in the English language at 11 o'clock on October 18, 2011 at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI in Braunschweig. There will be an opportunity for discussion afterwards over refreshments.

Kamke throws light on the rôle which wood as a raw material plays in America, from the first settlers up to the present day. While the settlers still had unlimited stocks of timber at their disposal, as the Americans moved westward shortages occurred due to great increases in the amount of timber needed for building farms, railroads and cities. During the course of the last century the American forests have been able to regenerate and now stand for sustainable dealings with wood, water and the natural world. Although the wood-based composites industry has been greatly affected by the latest economic recession, wood as a material does nevertheless have a future in America.

In his presentation Professor Kamke will delineate the historical events and important product innovations which have shaped the timber industry. He will also share his own insights into future challenges and opportunities in the USA - and perhaps globally as well.

Professor Kamke's research specialization is heat and mass transfer in wood and wood-based products. Here the emphasis is on questions of adhesion as also modeling and the manufacture and performance of wood-based products.

As JELD-WEN Professor, Dr. Kamke is responsible for publicly funded, non-university research projects with a total funding of around US$ 9 million.