Throwback Thursday: Grad Students in the Lab

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.

Eugene Bryan, testing the effectiveness of high-pressure water jets in cutting wood.

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.

Eugene Bryan, exploring the possibility of cutting wood with a ruby laser.

(Excerpt from John Koning’s book Forest Products Laboratory 1910-2010: Celebrating a Century of Accomplishments.)