Michael P. Wolcott is a leading researcher in the fields of wood composites design, wood-plastic composites, wood-polymer interaction, viscoelasticity, and adhesion.
He is research director and the Louisiana-Pacific Professor of the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash.
Wolcott has managed over 75 industrial product research and development projects with more than 30 companies. He also has served as principal investigator on more than 30 academic research projects totaling more than $7.5 million.
He currently is working as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop a carbon-reinforced, engineered thermoplastic lumber material that satisfies the U.S. Navy's requirements for a strong, stiff, cost-effective, and environmentally benign alternative to treated wood in docks and piers.
Wolcott's research, including numerous studies regarding wood/polymer composites, is published in more than 60 manuscripts, appearing in journals, books and proceedings.
He has received numerous honors, including two George Marra Awards for excellence in wood research, the Wood Award for excellence in wood graduate research, and the Cahn Award for research in dynamic contact-angle analysis.
He has served on the board of directors for the Forest Product Society and the Society of Wood Science and Technology, chairman of the National Planning Committee for Forest Products Research, and program manager for the USDA National Research Initiative.
In addition to research, Wolcott teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. These courses include wood composites design and production, dynamics, remedial and advanced mechanics of materials. Annually, Wolcott serves as co-chairman of the International Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium, sponsored by the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory at Washington State University.
He received a Ph.D. in materials engineering science from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1989. Before coming to WSU, Wolcott was an associate professor of wood science at West Virginia University.
The Web site for WSU's Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory is www.wmel.wsu.edu.