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  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
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Delton Alderman, Research Forest Products Technologist

Delton Alderman

Research Forest Products Technologist
301 Hardwood Lane, Suite B
West Virginia
United States

Phone: 304-431-2734
Fax: 304-431-2772
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Current Research

  • Development of a mass customization or personalization model for the transfer of technology and knowledge.
  • Assessment of attributes or cues that veneer procurement personnel emphasize in veneer log procurement.
  • Assessment of attributes or cues that veneer clippers/manufacturers utilize in final clipping decisions
  • Assessment of consumer preferences among and between select U.S. and foreign hardwood species.
  • Assessment of primary and secondary manufacturers' technology transfer needs, specifically gauging interest in developing personalized technology transfer.
  • Entrepreneurial management and marketing for white pine sawmills and producers.
  • Discernment of fashion/trendsetters in the furniture and flooring industry segments for enhancing hardwood utilization.

Research Interests

  • Personalization of technology transfer
  • Personalization of furniture manufacture
  • Procurement and consumer preference effects on hardwood forest management
  • Human interaction and experience with wood products

Why This Research is Important

NRS-01's stated goals are to promote natural resource conservation and help sustain forest-based industries and economies through research and development on resource characteristics, forest management practices, and innovative processing technologies. The research scientist's projects address these goals, as sustainable industries are congruent with and integral to forest management and healthy forests.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), Ph.D. Wood Science and Forest Products 2001
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), M.S. Wood Science and Forest Products 1998
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), B.S. Forestry and Wildlife Management 1982

Professional Experience

  • Forestry Consultant, Delton Alderman, Winston-Salem, NC
    1985 - 1996
  • Procurement Forester, D T House Co. Inc, Louisburg NC
    1982 - 1984

Professional Organizations

  • Forest Products Society, Member (1999 - Present)
  • American Marketing Association (2001 - Present)
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) (2003 - Present)
  • Society of American Foresters (1982 - 1994)
  • Forest Products Society, Extension and Technology Transfer Technical Interest Group, Chair (2006 - 2009)
  • Forest Products Society,Marketing Technical Interest Group, Chair (2006 - 2009)
  • Forest Products Society,Membership Committee, Carolinas-Chesapeake Section, Chair And Director (2005 - 2008)

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Research Highlights


Construction-Sector Developments in Europe, 2012-2013

A Forest Service scientist has analyzed the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe area's housing construction market.


Vital Information About the Housing Market Made Available to Stakeholders

Historically, the U. S. housing segment utilizes a substantial quantity of forest products. A Forest Service scientist analyzed the pertinent da ...


Last updated on : 11/22/2016