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Recent Publications

Thermally-Modified Wood Short Course - Omar Espinoza

FPMDI Spring 2019 Newsletter - "Marketing Practices in the Urban and Reclaimed Wood Industries" by Anna Pitti and Omar Espinoza

"Marketing Practices in the Urban and Reclaimed Wood Industries" by Anna Pitti, Omar Espinoza, and Robert Smith

"Awareness, Perceptions and Willingness to Adopt CLT by U.S. Engineering Firms" by Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo and Omar Espinoza

"Critical Factors in the Willingness to Adopt Innovative Wood-based Building Materials in the Construction Industry: The Case of CLT" by Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo - PhD Dissertation

Webcast: Professional Consumer Perceptions of Thermally-Modified Wood by Shelby Lynn Gamache and Omar Espinoza

"Marketing Strategy Recommendations for the U.S. Thermally Modified Wood Industry" by Shelby Lynn Gamache and Omar Espinoza

"Professional Consumer Perceptions of Thermally-Modified Wood" by Shelby Lynn Gamache - Master's Degree Thesis

 

Presentations and poster presented at the 2017 IUFRO Division 5 Conference (June 12-16, 2017 - Vancouver, BC, Canada): 

                 -    Consumer Perceptions of Thermally Modified Wood by Omar Espinoza, Shelby Lynn                              Gamache, and Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo (presentation).

                 -    Awareness, Perceptions, and Willingness to Adopt Cross-Laminated Timber by the U.S.                         Construction Industry by Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo and Omar Espinoza                                         (presentation).

                 -    Corss-Laminated Timber vs. Concrete: A Cost Comparison by Maria Fernanda                                          Laguarda-Mallo and Omar Espinoza (poster).

 

FPMDI Spring 2017 Newsletter - "Professional Consumer Perceptions of Thermally-Modified Wood" by Shelby Lynn Gamache, Omar Espinoza and Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo

Vacuum Drying of Wood - State of the Art by Omar Espinoza and Brian Bond

 

Papers presented at the 2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering (Aug 22-25,2016 - Vienna, Austria): 

Status of Cross-Laminated Timber in North America by Omar Espinoza, Urs Buehlmann, Maria   Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo and Vladimir Rodriguez Trujillo.

- Cross-Laminated Timber vs. Concrete/Steel: Cost Comparison Using a Case Study by Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo and Omar Espinoza.

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Summer 2016 FPMDI Newsletter. Cross-Laminated Timber vs Concrete/Steel: A cost comparison by Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo and Omar Espinoza.

Identification of Research Areas to Advance the Adoption of Cross-Laminated Timber in North America by Omar Espinoza, Urs Buehlmann, Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo and Vladimir Rodriguez Trujillo.

Cross-Laminated Timber in the United States: Opportunities and Challenges by Omar Espinoza, Urs Buehlmann and Maria Fernanda Laguarda-Mallo.

Education Needs in the Forest Products Industry: Most urgent training needs in manufacturing and management by Omar Espinoza and Rober Smith.

Wood Design Focus coverA Decade of Improved Lumber Drying Technology by Brian H. Bond and Omar Espinoza.

Cross-Laminated Timber in the U.S.: Potential Adopter Perceptions by Maria Fernanda Laguarda Mallo and Omar Espinoza.

Cross-Laminated Timber: Status and Research Needs in Europe by Omar Espinoza, Vladimir Rodriguez Trujillo, Maria Fernanda Laguarda Mallo and Urs Buehlmann.

 

 

Summer 2015 FPMDI Newsletter. Overcoming Barriers to Cogeneration in the U.S. Wood Products Industry by Omar Espinoza, Maria Fernanda Laguarda Mallo and Mariah Weitzenkamp

Business Management Practices book coverBusiness Management Practices for Small to Medium Sized Forest Products Firms. by Omar Espinoza and Robert Smith. Within this book is all the information needed to start a small forest products company, from business planning to financial management. Included is a sample business plan that readers can use as a guide for the preparation of their own business plan.


 

BioBrief. BBE Newsletter. Systems approach to addressing sustainability: Breaking new ground by Jenny Obst.

Fall 2014 FPMDI Newsletter. Market Potential of Cross-Laminated Timber in the U.S. by Maria Fernanda Laguarda Mallo and Omar Espinoza.

Posters presentated at the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Annual Advisory Council Meeting:


Fall 2013 FPDMI Newsletter. Status of Forest Certification. This publication presents results from research about the status of forest certification, with specific focus on tropical countries. Forest certification in one South American country was studied in detail, interviewing important stakeholders of forest management and certification to identify drivers, benefits, and challenges of forest certification. Omar Espinoza. Michael Dockry. Maria Fernanda Laguarda Mallo.


Innovation in the Forest Products Industry Article explaining the newest innovations that are changing the Forest Products Industry. Omar Espinoza. Maria Fernanda Laguarda Mallo. EXtention. May 2013.


Educational Needs of the Forest Products Industry in Minnesota and Virginia in 2012. Research conducted in collaboration with Virginia Tech, based on a electronic survey to the Forest Products Industry in Minnesota and Virginia on the educational needs of the sector.

Omar Espinoza. Robert Smith. Scott Lyon. Henry Quesada-Pineda. Brian H. Bond. Forest Products Journal Vol. 62, No. 7/8. July 2013.


Presentations and Posters presented in the 67th FPS International Convention. Austin, Texas. June 10, 2013.


Older Publications

Sustainable Integrated Forest Biorefineries. Shri Ramaswamy. 2013 Starker Lecture Series. Oregon State University, College of Forestry. February 28, 2013.

Fall 2012 FPMDI Newsletter. Education Needs in the Forest Products Industry. Omar Espinoza and Robert Smith. Forest Products Management Development Institute Research Update.

Classification of Fast-Growing Pine Wood in Uruguay – Application of the Chilean Standards for Conifers. Maria Fernanda Laguarda, Laura Moya, Mario Wagner, and Omar Espinoza. Poster Presentation at the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Annual Advisory Council Meeting. Saint Paul, MN. October 25, 2012.

Education Needs in the Forest Products Industry. Omar Espinoza, Robert Smith, and Maria Fernanda Laguarda. Poster Presentation at the Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering Annual Advisory Council Meeting. Saint Paul, MN. October 25, 2012.

Forest certification and green building standards: overview and use in the U.S. hardwood industry. 2012. Espinoza, O., Buehlmann, U., & Smith, B. Journal of Cleaner Production, 33(0), 30-41.

Lean Evaluation of an Engineering Process: A Case Study in Furniture Industry. 2012. Wang, C.; Quesada, H.; and Espinoza, O. Peer-reviewed article in Journal of Forest Products Business Research, Vol. 9, Article 1.

Performance Measurement in a Wood Products Supply Chain. June 4th, 2012. Omar Espinoza, Brian Bond, and Earl Kline. Presentation at the 66th International Forest Products Society. Washington, D.C.

Product Development for Competitive Advantage in the Forest Products Industry. June 4th, 2012. Poster Presentation at the 66th International Forest Products Society. Washington, D.C.

Performance Measurement in a Wood Products Supply Chain. May 24th, 2012. Omar Espinoza. Presentation at Andersen Windows. Bayport, MN.

Articles and webcast about the research on Impact of Energy Prices on the Wood Products Industry Published in Hardwood MattersSawmill and Woodlot, and posted in the Wood Education Resource Center website.

Challenges and Adaptations in the US Hardwood Industry. 2011. Espinoza, O., U. Buehlmann, and Smith, R. FDM Asia. Nov/Dec 2011: 52-55.

Awareness and Perceptions about Forest Certification and Green Building Standards in the U.S. Hardwood Industry. October 27th, 2011. Poster Presentation at the BBE Annual Scholarship Recognition, Research Poster Session and Advisory Council Meeting. Authors: Omar Espinoza, Urs Buehlmann, and Robert Smith.

Improved Wood Utility Poles. October 27th, 2011. Poster Presentation at the BBE Annual Scholarship Recognition, Research Poster Session and Advisory Council Meeting. Authors: Bob Erickson and Omar Espinoza.

Product Development and Management for Competitive Advantage in the Forest Products Industry. October 25th, 2011. Presentation at Marvin Windows and Doors. Warroad, MN.

Sustainable Forest Biorefineries. AICHE Annual Meeting Plenary Session – 1st Annual World Congress on Sustainable Engineering, October 17, 2011

FPMDI Mission

To increase knowledge about wood products production and use, and associated issues strategies, and technologies on the part of forest products industry employees, key forest products consumer groups, and those involved in shaping national and regional forest policy.

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Wood Products Community of Practice

The goal of the Wood Products Community of Practice is to disseminate knowledge on the design, production, management, marketing, and environmental impact of wood products to small and large wood products manufacturers. Dr. Espinoza is in charge of the Product Development resource area.