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Bob Ross

Robert J. Ross

Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison
Wisconsin
United States
53726-2398

Phone: 608-231-9221
Contact Robert J. Ross


Research Interests

  • Nondestructive evaluation
  • Structural condition assessment

Education

  • Washington State University, Pullman, WA, Ph.D. Engineering Science
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, M.S. Engineering Mechanics
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, B.S. Wood and Fiber Utilization

Professional Organizations

  • Forest Products Society (FPS), Member

Featured Publications & Products

Patents

Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


FPL-2012-17
America's Iconic Covered Bridges Documented With As Built Records

Laser scanning technology provides details of historic covered timber bridges

2012


FPL-2014-182
Assessment Manual for Timber Structures Helps Building Inspectors

The Wood and Timber Condition Assessment Manual is an extremely valuable resource for wood design professionals. Forest Service scientists are ...

2014


FPL-2018-18
Bonding Mixed Species for Advanced Biomaterials

Massive composite timbers, such as cross laminated timber (CLT), are essential for tall timber buildings that require use of locally available w ...

2018


FPL-2010-001
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 ...

2010


FPL-2018-20
Effects of Silviculture Practices on the Engineering Properties of Northern Hardwood Species of the Lake States

Wood quality is an important determinant of its end use and therefore its value. Recent proliferation of novel engineered wood products has crea ...

2018


FPL-2011-07
Heat treating wooden ammunition pallets for invasive species

Wood pallets serve as support for munitions loads and other military supplies transported within the continental U.S. and internationally. Despi ...

2011


FPL-2014-187
Inspection Protocols Help Preserve Ancient Chinese Structures

Forest Service scientists worked with Chinese scientists and engineers to develop inspection procedures to aid in the preservation and restorati ...

2014


FPL-2018-13
International Research Institute Formed to Address Utilization of Plantation Grown Biomaterials

Leading wood scientists and engineers from around the globe formed an international group to address conservation issues surrounding historic tr ...

2018


FPL-2012-14
Making the Most of Beetle-Killed Trees

New manual gives land managers a variety of options for beetle-killed trees

2012


FPL-2013-138
New Acoustic Technology Evaluates Wood Quality of Standing Trees

Lack of techniques to assess the quality of standing trees results in inefficient allocation of timber resources and also limits the ability of ...

2013


FPL-2016-60
Scientists Develop New Tool to Detect Internal Decay in Trees

Through collaboration with an industrial partner, the Forest Service’s Forest Products Laboratory helped develop a handheld tool to assist tre ...

2016


Last updated on : 07/12/2019