US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Robert H. Falk

Robert H. Falk

Research General Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9255
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Current Research

Dr. Falk's research currently focuses on the development of value-added products from wood waste materials. This work includes the development of reuse options for salvaged lumber and timber as well as the development of composites from waste natural fibers and waste thermoplastics. In addition to developing a basic understanding of the engineering properties of these materials, Dr. Falk is active in helping develop the engineering property and engineering design standards necessary to facilitate their widespread use in construction applications.

Research Interests

  • Wood waste to building products
  • Engineered wood products
  • Wood deck construction
    • Past Research

      • Engineering performance of wood decks
      • Engineering evaluation of glued-laminated timber (glulam)
      • Seismic performance of wood-framed construction
      • Non-destructive testing of wood


  • Washington State University, Ph.D. Structural Engineering 1986
  • Michigan Technological University, M.S. Civil Engineering 1983
  • California Polytechnic State University, B.S. Civil Engineering 1978

Professional Organizations

  • American Society for Testing and Materials, Member
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Member
  • American Institute of Timber Construction, Member
  • International Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation, Member
  • Registered professional engineer, Member

Featured Publications & Products


Research Highlights


A residential tornado safe room from commodity wood products

Forest Service researchers designed a tornado safe room to be constructed from commodity wood building products and adaptable to existing homes.


Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material

The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general publ ...


Last updated on : 03/20/2018