Tim Young

As a Fulbright Scholar, Young will travel to Austria for the fall semester 2013. There he will conduct research on cross-laminated timber and teach graduate courses in design of experiments and statistical process control at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. Download high resolution image.  


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Tennessee researcher Timothy M. Young has received two international honors this summer. Young, a scientist with the UT Institute of Agriculture, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar for an exchange with an Austrian university. The second honor comes from members of the international Forest Products Society who have inducted him as president. Young is a professor in UT’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries and is affiliated with the Institute of Agriculture’s Center for Renewable Carbon.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Young will travel to Austria for the 2013 fall semester. There he will conduct research on cross-laminated timber and teach graduate courses in design of experiments and statistical process control at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. Young has participated in professional exchanges with Salzburg University before and with the BOKU University in Vienna.
His induction as president of the 1,200-member Forest Products Society represents a four-year commitment that began as vice president in 2011, then president-elect in 2013 and will conclude as past- president in 2014. Through its technical publications and other activities, the society serves a global audience of 16,000 professionals and academics engaged in forest and bio-based industries. In addition to individual members, the society has 32 corporate affiliates.

“The Fulbright Award represents a lifetime achievement for me,” Young says. “Conducting research in Austria and teaching graduate students in the principles of industrial statistics will greatly expand my research capabilities. As the new president of the Forest Products Society, I will also be able to facilitate the successful startup of the European section of the society through this opportunity.

“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the forest products industry. Globally we are seeing unprecedented demand for wood products and impressive new startups and capacity restarts as the U.S. and global economies strengthen. Technologies that are increasingly precise are reshaping the industry, promoting wiser use and greater sustainability of our forest and bio-based resources.” 
The Forest Products Society is an international not-for-profit technical association founded in 1947 to provide an information network to all segments of the bio-based and forest products industries. The society’s mission is to foster innovation and research in the environmentally sound processing and use of wood and fiber resources by disseminating information and providing forums for networking and the exchange of knowledge. The organization has held 67 annual international conventions since its inception and sponsors a variety of technical meetings throughout the year.
Young says he will work to facilitate the growth of the professional society and expand its services to all members and others interested in the society. As president, he will chair the society’s executive committee and board. He has been a member of the society since 1989 and served as the regional mid-south president of the society in 2006 and was chair of the international annual convention held in Knoxville in 2006. Young was chair of the society’s quality control, process control and production management group from 2002 to 2009.
Young holds Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tennessee and M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He has 174 scientific publications, of which 52 are refereed journal citations. He has given numerous professional presentations and has served as keynote speaker at seven professional meetings. He has been an invited speaker at professional meetings in Austria, Canada, China, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In addition to his research in academia, Young has four years of wood composite manufacturing experience with Georgia-Pacific Corporation.
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Contacts:

Dr. Tim Young, UT Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, 865-946-1119, tmyoung1@utk.edu
Margot Emery, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 865-974-7141, memery@tennessee.edu