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History of the Forest Products Laboratory

Interview #935: Soltis, Lawrence A. (June, 2009)

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00:03:05 - 00:05:38 Knowledge

knowledge, Forest Products Laboratory, timber engineering, education, publications, employment; Wood, Lyman; Lisco, Joe; Warren, Fred

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AP

So had you heard of the Forest Products Lab before you started your schoolwork?

LS

Not really. In my undergraduate work I took a course in timber engineering and we used literature from Forest Products Lab and that's the first time I'd heard of the place.

AP

You said that you did some student work over at the Lab, is that correct?

LS

Yeah I did it for my master's thesis.

AP

Okay, could you maybe describe a little bit about that experience?

LS

Oh it was a really good deal for a student cause we could work part-time any hours we wanted to, got paid for it, and had complete use of the lab facilities over there. So I did an experimental program and, you know, got all the support services you know photography services, the typing services for a thesis, and all that sort of thing. It's a good deal for a student. It was kind of like a research assistantship situation for a graduate student.

AP

And who did you work with during that time?

LS

At the Lab it was [Lyman Wood?] who died probably about five years after that. He was in charge of the wood engineering section I worked for. Fred Warren was also there at the time, he was like the assistant director for wood engineering, I think. And Joe [Lisco?] was also there, he was kind of the head of the whole division, the wood engineering division. But I worked directly for [Lyman Wood?] and then I was jointly with Professor [Lee Krandall?] from the civil engineering department at the University.

AP

You said that you worked---after your master's degree you worked for industry for a while?

LS

Yes.

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