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History of the Forest Products Laboratory

Interview #925: Ethington, Robert L. (June, 2009)

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00:34:19 - 00:35:58 Career

career, mark, impact, project leader, research

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BW

Now do you feel that the work that you did at Forest Products Lab, do you feel that it left a mark? Do you think that it has been influential at Forest Products Lab and then beyond there even?

BE

Well I expect every employee truly would like to think that what they did was useful and productive and I feel that way too, of course. But I guess I would point you back to that project that I cited earlier, that was perhaps the most important thing I worked on as a scientist and as a project leader at FPL, on the translation of, the evaluation of wood, various species from the forest and translation of that information into useful design properties for lumber and other products, but especially lumber. I think that's probably, if I were to mark anywhere, it would be in that. Otherwise my accomplishments were largely administrative things and I think I made a mark there too, but it was much less FPL related. So I think that that one project, if I had to point to one thing, I would point to that project and say that I think that's where I was most productive and leaving something for posterity.

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