U. S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) visited the Forest Products Laboratory on Friday, August 9th, to meet with FPL leadership and learn more about how research at the Lab benefits the American public.
FPL Director Michael Rains welcomes Senator Baldwin in the Centennial Research Facility lobby and provides an overview of FPL research.
Assistant Director Michael Ritter and Sen. Baldwin take a look inside the Lab’s one-of-a-kind weathering chamber and discuss wood durability research.
In the composites research area, materials engineer Ron Sabo (left) and Assistant Director Ted Wegner (right) explain how composites can use low-value or waste material to create high-quality wood-based products.
In the Engineering Mechanics and Remote Sensing Laboratory the group takes a look at the strong floor and discusses how researchers use this unique space to gain a better understanding of the physical properties of wood and wood products. (L to R, Assistant Director Mike Ritter, Director Michael Rains, Senator Tammy Baldwin)
FPL chemist Alan Rudie explains the wonders of wood-based nanotechnology to Senator Baldwin in the Nanocellulose Pilot Plant.