At the invitation of graduate student Khris Beagley this morning I had the pleasure of watching the testing of some novel composite lumber samples at the Brooks Center, part of the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. The sample in the photo finally failed at 39k lbs. Khris’s research is working on developing the engineering data to manufacture CLT structural members like the one in the photo using hardwoods instead of softwoods. I also had a tour of the research and teaching facilities at the Brooks Center, all very impressive with a huge range of capabilities in wood. That’s Anthony in the photo.