clemson university’s wood utilization + design institute

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clemson university’s wood utilization + design institute (wu+d) is a multidisciplinary engine of innovation where foresters, architects, engineers, constructors and building industry stakeholders coalesce to design advancements in wood-based construction materials to compete with steel, concrete and other materials currently used in nonresidential construction.

wu+d will forge new markets and grow south carolina’s $21 billion forest products industry by:

  • drawing new business and industry to south carolina;
  • providing education and training, research and development, and direct marketing of wood-based technical solutions;
  • developing forest management protocols to grow trees with higher quality fiber;
  • engineering groundbreaking manufacturing and construction processes for wood-based products, resins, adhesives, and fasteners.

wu+d will also enhance the educational and career opportunities of clemson students by:

  • preparing the next generation of architects, engineers, foresters, and material and wood scientists;
  • creating an experiential learning environment where students test products they have developed through installation in prototype buildings;
  • attracting undergraduate creative inquiry teams to engineer innovative wood products that meet the needs of the building construction industry;
  • fostering collaborative research connecting clemson’s main campus with its statewide research and public service centers.
if you are interested in becoming a founding partner or member of the institute please contact pat layton

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