Michael P. Wolcott

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Alternative jet fuels - WSU exhibit to open at Paris Air Show
PARIS – When the 50th International Paris Air Show gets under way June 17, representatives from Washington State University will be here to promote the university’s expertise in developing viable alternative jet fuels before more than 150,000 representatives of the aviation industry from across the globe. Read more...

Wolcott a fellow of International Academy of Wood Science
Michael Wolcott, professor in the Washington State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of WSU's Institute for Sustainable Design, has been named a fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science. Read more...

Annual Showcase honors - Three earn highest promotion to Regents professor
Three WSU faculty members have been promoted to Regents professor. The promotion honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service. Read more...

$40 million grant - WSU leads effort for economical, sustainable jet biofuel
Washington State University will receive a five-year, $40 million grant to help develop alternatives to petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. The award was announced Sept. 28 by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Read more...

Palouse Project promotes sustainability, faculty interaction
This fall, Washington State University faculty who rarely interact will start a series of lunch-hour conversations about their work. And freshmen from a world civilizations class will team up with senior education majors.  Read more...

Summer Learning - Undergraduate researchers work with faculty mentors
Nearly 50 undergraduate researchers from Washington State University and other institutions across the country gathered in the Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory building on Thursday, June 2, to meet their faculty mentors and kick off their 2011 summer research season. Read more...

Showcase of sustainability - Students develop green vision for City of Auburn
The future of Auburn, is looking greener, thanks to a multi-disciplinary group of students developing a sustainability plan for the city. Read more...

Auburn considers student’s green solutions, studies 2012 bicycle event
Auburn is the site of many great events each year, including the Veterans Day Parade and the July 4 Kids Parade.  Starting in April 2012, it may add a yearly Earth Day bicycle parade to the mix. The event would follow a 10-kilometer route marked by local businesses taking steps to reduce their carbon footprints.  Read more…

WSU delegation returns to China in January
A WSU delegation will return to China this month to continue momentum created by the fall 2010 trip, find new research partners and complete hiring of a WSU China officer. Read more...

Multiplying Good - WSU expertise helps green business restart
When an entrepreneur wanted to learn more about wood plastic composites (WPC), an Internet search led him to WSU. The ensuing partnership resulted in a factory opening that will employ as many as 150 people in Elma, WA. Read more...

Students from many majors develop green plan
A multidisciplinary group of students is working on the Auburn Environmental Park District, a 130-acre parcel of land in the city of Auburn for sustainable development and green businesses.  Read more…

INL scientists help harness bacteria power to brew eco-friendly plastic from waste
Three samples of premium wood-plastic composite lumber sit in a stack on a shelf in David Thompson's office at Idaho National Laboratory. The dense, fine-grained boards are uniformly colored in shades that range from light to dark brown. All three boards match each other in strength and durability. But one of the boards has two special ingredients: plastic made by bacteria, and the same harmless bacteria that made the plastic — by eating wastewater. Read more....

NSF supports sustainability - Interdisciplinary smartFARM brings global impact
The Organic smartFARM project harnesses interdisciplinary teamwork to design sustainable systems into the organic farm at WSU Pullman. With preliminary funding from a National Science Foundation grant, the project promotes hands-on learning that will result in a replicable model adaptable for others to use worldwide. Read more....

Sustainability funding - Environmental park district plan enhances land, business
WSU graduate students will help Auburn, Wash., create a plan for sustainable development and green businesses with $95,000 in funding from the city. For more about the project, see the article at the Auburn Reporter news website here.

Class Looks to Conserve Resources
WSU organic farm provides a testing ground for new methods in resource management. Read more...

"Green" Versus "Sustainable" in Design
Green has become the buzzword for products that are earth-friendly. Read more...

Building Green
Our gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing automobiles draw a lot of the blame for the build-up of greenhouse gases most scientists say is making the world warmer. That’s led to a worldwide flurry of investment in biofuels research and more fuel-efficient vehicles–even hybrid diesel Kenworth semis, built by Paccar in Kirkland.

But amid all that traffic, a quiet community of builders and designers is starting to speak up, saying that if we want to make real reductions in energy use, we just have to look closer to home–to our houses, offices, and high-rise condos. Read more...

WSU's Institute for Sustainable Design takes off
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce: Washington State University recently launched its Institute for Sustainable Design with the help of $500,000 from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation. Read more...

Weyerhaeuser, WSU to Address Sustainability Efforts
Addressing the dramatic need for sustainability in building materials and design, the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation has committed $500,000 to launch Washington State University’s Institute for Sustainable Design. Read more....

Bacteria break down waste, build bioplastics
The same type of bacteria that help break down paper mill waste could also become an increasingly viable source of environmentally friendly biopolymers that can be used to make bioplastics, glues, and composite building materials. Read more....

Strategies for Tomorrow: Re-engineering for a Sustainable Built Environment
Imagine one day living in a community based on the precepts of sustainability. We would drive less, reducing gasoline consumption. We would walk more, improving our health. And all of our structures would be built of sustainable, energy-efficient materials. Read more...

Rattlesnake Creek Pedestrian Bridge wins prestigious design award from American Council of Engineering Companies
The designers of an innovative bridge that uses wood plastic composites developed by a consortium led by Washington State University’s Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory (WMEL), received a prestigious award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). Read more....

Structural Wood Plastic Composites Deployed in Missoula, MT BridgeRattlesnake Bridge
A structural wood plastic composite (WPC) developed with funding by the Office of Naval Research (under the direction of Ignacio Perez) was recently deployed in a pedestrian bridge accessing the Rattlesnake Wilderness and National Recreation Area in Missoula, MT. The bridge, designed by Brad Miller from HDR One, features innovative uses of small diameter timber and a 4x12 inch structural WPC section designed for use on marine structures where chemical wood preservatives were not desired. The material and structural section were designed by a research team lead by the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory at Washington State University. The team included researchers from Strandex Corp., McFarland Cascade Corp., Pennsylvania State University, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Service Center.

Several interesting descriptions of this project may be downloaded below:

    • Project Overview (HDR One) [LINK]
    • Overview Article (HDR One) [pdf 405kb]
    • Deckboard Product Brochure (McFarland) [pdf 456kb]
    • Suspension Bridge Design Tips (HDR One) [pdf 173kb]
    • Salvage Log Uses (USFPL) [pdf 130kb

CEA Outstanding Researcher Award Recipient
Professor Michael P. Wolcott is the first recipient of the College of Engineering and Architecture's Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Award. Dr. Wolcott has been on the WSU faculty since 1996 and is an international leader in the area of wood-based composite research, where his work has led to the development of advanced materials to better withstand aging processes, reduce manufacturing costs and pollution, and provide better performance. Read more...

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