Welcome to Joshah Jennings!

October 1, 2019 – We’re excited to welcome Joshah Jennings to CMEC as the new Scientific Laboratory Manager!  Joshah joins us from the WSU Center for Materials Research where he has served as both the engineering laboratory manager and safety chair for that research unit.  Joshah will be responsible for overall safety in the PACCAR building, serve as the building coordinator, supervise PACCAR technical staff and provide technical support for CMEC’s manufacturing and testing facilities.

Welcome, Joshah!

CLT facility has roots at WSU

CLT in WSU's PACCAR building

September 27, 2019 – WSU researchers have been a key partner and recently joined in the opening celebration of what will eventually be the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) facility in the U.S.

Katerra, a California-based company, opened a 270,000-square-foot facility in Spokane last week that will eventually produce more than 11 million square feet of floors and roofs and employ up to 150 workers. Researchers in WSU’s Composite Materials Engineering Center (CMEC) helped Katerra develop advanced technologies used to make CLT and has supported the burgeoning industry.

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WSU aviation biofuel research attracts interest from Delta Air Lines

An airplane taking off

September 26, 2019 – Washington State University research on aviation biofuels has attracted the interest of one of the world’s largest commercial air carriers.

Delta Air Lines, as part of a $2 million investment along with its partner Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels LLC (NWABF), is studying the potential for a sustainable biofuel refinery in Washington state, where researchers already have shown that wood waste can be converted into aviation fuel.

The sustainable biofuel would be produced from locally sourced forest residuals such as limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests.

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Simpson Strong-Tie Building Connections Symposium: October 5th in Pullman, WA

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Students are invited to join Simpson Strong-Tie engineers and field specialists for a day of building connections where they will learn how structural connectors and pre-engineered building components help structures perform safely to resist natural hazards such as high winds and earthquakes.

The Building Connections Symposium will be held Saturday, October 5, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building, 2nd Floor – Town Square, on the WSU Pullman campus. This year’s theme is Modular Construction. The event will include hands-on activities and opportunities to interact with the experts from Simpson Strong-Tie:

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Unfurling The Waste Problem Caused By Wind Energy

Karl Englund Portrait

While most of a turbine can be recycled or find a second life on another wind farm, researchers estimate the U.S. will have more than 720,000 tons of blade material to dispose of over the next 20 years, a figure that doesn’t include newer, taller higher-capacity versions.

Composite Materials’ researcher Karl Englund is working to find ways to recycle wind turbine blades into various goods, including decking materials, pallets and piping. [read more]

Simpson Strong-Tie awards Masters degree fellowship to Madison Broers

Mandy Broers Portrait

Simpson Strong-Tie has awarded undergraduate scholarships to students in the design disciplines for over twenty years. In recognition of the importance of the Masters degree for civil engineering students, Simpson Strong-Tie is awarding their first graduate fellowship to Ms. Madison Broers, an MS civil engineering student at Washington State University. Madison’s academic record is outstanding, along with excellent professional and leadership experiences. Madison is researching the effects of dynamic amplification of occupant loads on floor structures.

20 Years for Scott Lewis!

Don Bender and Scott Lewis

August 30, 2019 – CMEC’s Associate in Research Scott Lewis has completed 20 years of dedicated service at Washington State University. His work with CMEC has been performed with professionalism, positive attitude and good humor.
Congratulations, Scott!

2019 Wood Innovation Grant Awards select WSU For CLT Research

MAY 7, 2019 – Public–private partnerships spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service create jobs, support fire-safe communities, restore healthy forest conditions, and spur environmentally sound innovation. Today, the Forest Service awarded over $8.9 million through the Wood Innovations Grant program. Thirty-nine business, university, nonprofit and tribal partners in 20 states are matching the grants with an additional $8.8 million.
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Global Fiberglass Solutions, in Collaboration with Washington State University, Creates Chemical Recycling Solution for Carbon Fiber Composites

A WSU research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. In their project, Jinwen Zhang, a professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & Composite Materials and Engineering Center, and his team developed new chemical recycling methods that used mild acids as catalysts in ethanol, mixed ethanol/water or water alone at a relatively low temperature to break down the thermosets.
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