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.
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) recently presented their Scientific Achievement Award to Junyong (JY) Zhu, a research general engineer at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL).
The IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award is given in recognition of outstanding individual scientific achievements within the fields of research covered by the Union. Ten scientists from around the world were presented with this prestigious award during the 2019 IUOFRO World Congress in Curitiba, Brazil.
JY is part of the Fiber and Chemical Sciences research work unit at FPL, and his research focuses on bringing value to underutilized materials through the generation of products such as biofuels and nanocellulose.
Laura Hasburgh, a fire protection engineer in FPL’s Building and Fire Sciences unit has recently been awarded two accolades for her work.
The University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) presented Laura with the 2019 Turnbull Service Award. This award is meant to honor an exemplary MS&E graduate student who has made notable contributions to public service. Committee members deemed Laura an ideal recipient of this award based on her significant contributions to the public in the area of fire safety and outstanding service.
Laura has also been named the recipient of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers‘ (SFPE) Margaret Law Award for pioneering advancements associated with engineering fire safety of the built environment. This award will be presented at the SFPE Annual Conference and Expo in October.
‘ (SFPE) Margaret Law Award for pioneering advancements associated with engineering fire safety of the built environment. This award will be presented at the SFPE Annual Conference and Expo in October.
Congratulations, Laura, on these well-deserved honors!
Xiping Wang, a Forest Products Technologist at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), recently received a Forest Service Research and Development Deputy Chief’s Distinguished Science Award.
Wang was recognized for his exceptional contributions to the discovery and development of technologies that enhance the use of wood materials, mitigate the spread of invasive species, and further the use of wood in engineered materials.
Roderquita Moore, a research chemist at the Forest Products Laboratory, received the Inspiring Woman in STEM award as part of the 2018 USDA Women in Ag award program. The winners represent a range of career paths from various agencies across USDA and they are located all around the world.
Read more about Moore’s career journey and highlights written in her own words below. Congratulations, Roderquita!