Researchers Honored with Department, Agency Accolades

Several Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) employees were recently honored by Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen and USDA Under Secretary Jim Hubbard at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The 2019 Chief’s Awards were presented to three current employees and one retiree.

Junyong Zhu, FPL research general engineer, was presented with a Chief’s Award for his work supporting the Forest Service goal of applying knowledge globally. Junyong’s work contributed to the USDA goal of facilitating rural prosperity and economic development, and he was also selected to receive the Natural Resources and Environment 2019 Under Secretary’s Award for his work in wood and woody biomass utilization.

Junyong Zhu (center) received awards from both Forest Service Chief Christiansen (right) and USDA Under Secretary Hubbard (left).

The Wood Innovations Team, which included FPL Program Manager Brian Brashaw and former Assistant Director Mike Ritter (retired), received a Chief’s Award for contributing to the Forest Service goal of delivering benefits to the public. The team’s work supports the USDA goal of facilitating rural prosperity and economic development.

FPL Research Forest Products Technologist Xiping Wang was also acknowledged with a Chief’s Award for applying knowledge globally. Xiping’s work was exemplary of the USDA goal of strengthening the stewardship of private lands through technology and research.

Xiping Wang (right) accepts a Chief’s Award from Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen.

Our heartfelt congratulations to all! We are proud that you represent the Forest Products Laboratory!