Wood Science Expert - Particleboard, MDF, OSB, Composites, and Formaldehyde

Technical Consultant #2079


Expertise

  • Technical aspects and production of PB (Particleboard) and MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard).
  • Industrial experience as technical contact providing oversight for particleboard, MDF, plywood, OSB, (Oriented Strand Board) and engineered wood for over two decades.
  • Particleboard process and product improvements, customer service, codes and standards, environmental impacts, and evaluation of new products and materials.
  • Wood dust and formaldehyde compliance issues as they relate to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA Formaldehyde Standard, and California Air Resources Board Air Toxics Control Measure for wood composites.
  • Technical management, oversight and support for particleboard, MDF, plywood, OSB, engineered wood clients.
  • Served as a resource for questions on technical issues regarding process and product improvements, customer service, codes and standards, environmental impacts, and evaluation of new products and materials.
  • Wood science and technology.

Expert Witness Experience

  • Product liability case regarding mobile home particleboard decking, hardboard siding and trim, and regarding product compliance with formaldehyde emissions.

Experience

Undisclosed Company, Owner-Manager, 2008 - Present

  • Consultant on technical and manufacturing issues in wood composites as well as compliance with formaldehyde regulations.
  • Consultant on quality control in particleboard and MDF plants.

Flakeboard America, Simsboro, LA, Technical Manager Composites, 2006 - 2008

  • Technical Manager for Composites responsible for technical oversight for all Flakeboard particleboard and MDF plants.
  • Responsible for developing policies and procedures to maintain compliance with codes and standards and formaldehyde emissions for all wood composites.
  • Technical contact for major claims on particleboard and MDF.

Willamette Industries/Weyerhaeuser, Simsboro, LA, Technical Director, 1985 - 2006

  • Served as Technical Director, Technical Manager and Environmental Coordinator in a particleboard plant with additional duties as company source for research projects.
  • Formulated policies and procedures for particleboard and MDF compliance with OSHA Hazard Communication and Formaldehyde Standards
  • Served as Technical Manager for Building Materials (particleboard, MDF, OSB, Plywood, Engineered Wood).
  • Responsible for developing policies and procedures to maintain compliance with codes and standards for all wood composites.
  • Part of a team to establish an environmental coordinator's program for particleboard and MDF plants
  • Served as Chairman to revise the Formaldehyde Grademark Program for the Composite Panel Association
  • Served as Chairman of PS-1 and PS-2 Standing Committees.

Special Projects

  • Developed densitometers for Willamette PB/MDF plants.
  • Conducted studies to provide technical information necessary for building plants for OSB, LVL/IJ, MDF, and PB.
  • Formulated policies and procedures for PB/MDF compliance with OSHA's Hazard Communication and Formaldehyde Standards
  • Part of a team to develop an environmental coordinators program for Willamette PB/MDF.

Honors & Publications

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • Forest Products Society
  • American Society for Testing and Materials

Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi , Scholastic Honorary Society
  • Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award, Forest Products Society
  • Distinguished Service Award, Washington State University
  • Outstanding Lifetime Service Award, Composite Panel Association

Publications and Patents

  • 34 publications including 14 publications on MDF
  • Co-author on Agriculture Hand Book - Fiberboard Manufacturing Practices in the United States

Education

  • Ph.D. Wood Science and Technology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
  • M.S. Masters of Forestry, Wood Science and Technology, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • B.S. Forestry (Wood Technology), Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
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