Paul Smith named fellow in Society of Wood Science and Technology

Posted: May 13, 2011

Paul Smith, professor of forest products marketing, recently was elected a fellow in the Society of Wood Science and Technology. According to the group, the honor is intended "to recognize significant contributions to the wood science and technology profession and service to the society by members."
Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Smith, who earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Montana, his master's at the University of Idaho and doctorate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, teaches courses in Forest Industries Marketing Management, Wood Products Production and Sales Management, International Wood Products Marketing and Trade, Cases in Forest Product Marketing, and Forest Products Colloquium.


A past president of the Society of Wood Science and Technology, Smith is an adjunct professor at Washington State University's Wood Materials and Engineering Lab and Institute for Sustainable Design in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


His professional achievements include being chair of the National Planning Committee on Forest Products Research, Northeast Section chair of strategic planning for the Forest Products Society, and consultant to both the Food and Agricultural Organization and the International Tropical Timber Organization.


Smith's academic interests include forest products marketing, technology-driven product/market development, market-based environmental preference, customer delivered value, trade show use and effectiveness, and Pennsylvania's forest industry.


Besides providing service to its members, the mission of the Society of Wood Science and Technology is to develop, maintain and advance the educational, scientific and ethical standards that define the profession, and to advocate the socially responsible production and use of wood and other lignocellulosic products.