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Timothy M Young, Ph.D.


Timothy M. Young is a Professor | Graduate Director in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, Center for Renewable Carbon ​at the University of Tennessee.  He has Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Statistics; and M.S. in Statistics (minor - Operations Research) from the University of Tennessee. He also holds M.S. (Forest Economics) and B.S. (Forestry) degrees from the University of Wisconsin.  He has taught highly successful industry courses in statistical process control (SPC), data mining, and design of experiments (DOE) to more than 1,000 industry personnel since 1999.  He has conducted 16 company-specific training programs in the U.S. and recently for Norbord Europe of Scotland and for FINSA Corp. of Spain.

He has 287 scientific publications of which 79 appear in refereed journals.  He has given more than 400 professional presentations and has been a keynote speaker at 17 scientific meetings.  He has been an active, invited lecturer at BOKU University, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences Austria; University of Ljubljana Slovenia; and the Technical University of Munich Germany since 2007.  Tim has been an invited international speaker at conferences in Austria, Canada, China, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, and Wales.  He was an Austrian-American Fulbright Professor at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Kuchl Austria from September ’13 to February ’14.  He was also a a Fulbright Specialist in Agricultural Statistics in November and December '16 in Austria.  He has also been the keynote speaker at annual quality and continuous improvement meetings of select private companies.

He has four years of MDF manufacturing experience with Georgia-Pacific Corporation.  He has extensive grants from the private sector and the U.S. Department of Agriculture totally more than $6.3 million.  His current areas of research include advanced analytics, real-time data fusion, real-time ensemble predictive process modeling of manufacturing systems, Bayesian additive regression trees (BART), real-time statistical process control (SPC), and statistical reliability analysis.

He is current Academic Member of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), belonging to the Mathematics & Statistics and the Industrial Engineering Research Units.  He is past President of the Forest Products Society (FPS) serving a four year-term which ended in June 2015.  He is former chairman of the Process Control and Quality Control Technical Interest Group of FPS (2004-2010), former President of the Mid-South Section of FPS (2007), and former Chair of the International FPS meeting (2007).  Tim is also an active member of the American Society of Quality (ASQ), American Statistical Association (ASA), and Forest Products Society (FPS).

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Nicholas Andre, Ph.D.
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Nicolas André is a Research Scientist at the Center for Renewable Carbon. His research focuses on process modeling for wood composite panel and biomass processing plants. He has extensive experience with near-infrared spectroscopy of bio-based materials, along with multivariate analysis of the resulting data. He collaborates with ORNL scientists on the detection of inorganics in materials using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS).
He’s a Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and SQL programmer, and has developed several websites supporting mapping and spatial analysis (ArcGIS and Google Map JavaScript APIs).