Never underestimate the contributions that graduate students can make to science…with a little help from the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). Students are often involved in research projects at FPL, and they have been for decades.
In 1963, Eugene Bryan, a University of Michigan graduate student, conducted experiments in the use of a high-pressure jet of water and a ruby laser to cut wood. Experiments were conducted under an FPL-funded grant to University of Michigan, Department of Wood Technology. Both techniques are commercially used today.
(Excerpt from John Koning’s book Forest Products Laboratory 1910-2010: Celebrating a Century of Accomplishments.)