FPL Researcher Honored by Forest Products Society

Robert (Bob) J. Ross, FPL supervisory research general engineer, has been selected as the recipient of the Forest Products Society’s 2013 Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award.

Robert J. Ross

Robert J. Ross

The Gottschalk Memorial Award recognizes and honors exceptional service to the Forest Products Society (FPS) by an individual member. The award is presented annually to bestow the Society’s highest recognition on an individual who has served the Society with distinction and dedication.

“I am honored to receive this award” says Ross.  “The Forest Products Society is a great professional organization that has provided technical leadership in the forest products field for over sixty years.  From producing technical publications to organizing scientific meetings, FPS provides an invaluable source of information for research and technology transfer professionals worldwide.”

The Gottschalk Award has been presented since 1966 in memory of Fred W. Gottschalk, the first President of FPS who died in a plane crash in Salt Lake City in 1965. Ross will receive this honor in June at the FPS 67th International Convention in Austin, Texas.

Bob Ross has served as a project leader for several research work units at FPL since 1988. He currently heads up the Engineering Properties of Wood, Wood-Based Materials, and Structures unit.  Ross’ research focuses on the development and use of nondestructive evaluation technologies for various wood products and structures, from standing trees to historic buildings and ships.  He has written or co-authored over 200 technical reports and articles about nondestructive evaluation and jointly holds two dozen U.S. and foreign patents.