Presentation on theme: "Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) – A Bridge Linking Academia, Community, Industry and Government."— Presentation transcript:
Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) – A Bridge Linking Academia, Community, Industry and Government
OUR VISION: To be the world leader in advancing the profession of wood science. OUR MISSION: To provide service to SWST members; to develop, maintain, and promulgate the educational, scientific, and ethical standards that define the profession; and to advocate the socially responsible production and use of wood and lignocellulosic materials.
1958 = Incorporated as the American Institute of Wood Engineering 1960 = Name changed to Society of Wood Science and Technology. 1 st Newsletter 1968 = 1 st Issue of Wood & Fiber Science Journal 1976 = Critical Matters Committee Formed 1984 = Accreditation of undergraduate Wood Science and Technology Programs began History:
1986 = First George Marra Award for Excellence in Writing presented 1995 = Student Poster Competition initiated – 27 students received awards to date 1996 = SWST Website 2001 = Teaching Units Introduced 2007 = Electronic publishing of Wood and Fiber Science Journal available at Metapress.com History (cont):
2008 = Held first International Convention in Chile 2010 = International Convention held at United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland 2012 = International Convention held in Beijing, China at International Center for Bamboo and Rattan History (cont):
2014 International Convention to be held June 23-27 in Zvolen, Slovakia Executive Director presence at international meetings 2013- Currently Underway:
SWST Benefits/Services: Wood and Fiber Science Journal Official publication, quarterly Original papers of professional concern, or based on research dealing with the science, processing, and manufacture of wood and lignocellulosic materials Electronic Version now available
SWST Benefits/Services: Accreditation Professional accreditation of wood science and technology baccalaureate educational programs has been a very important function of the Society since 1984. Through accreditation, the Society seeks to improve the quality of professional wood science and technology education at the baccalaureate level and ensure that successful graduates entering the profession are highly qualified.
Programs Reviewed: Initial Accreditation Initial Accreditation Current Accreditati on Expires Mississippi State University 19872017 North Carolina State University 19842015 Oregon State University 19902023 Pennsylvania State University 19922013 State University of New York (SUNY) 20032013 University of Idaho 19962015 University of Maine 19932023 University of Minnesota 19852017 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 19852015 West Virginia University Universidad del Bío-Bío 1989200820192019 SWST Accredited Programs (11)
Teaching Units 1 & 2 Classroom use in high school science classes Introduce forest products and wood science Topics include: structure of wood, identification equipment and technique, properties of wood, and activities SWST Benefits/Services: Educational Materials
SWST Benefits/Services: Visiting Scientist Program International and national travel grants Enhance the professional growth of our members Broaden their research perspective and develop collaborative linkages Promote SWST in the international arena
SWST Benefits/Services: Awards Distinguished Service Award Fellows Award George Marra Award for Excellence in Writing Student Poster Competition Award