Steve Ambrose retired from the US Forest Service in 2009 after service 39 years. His last assignment was with the Rocky Mountain Research Station as Assistant Station Director for Communications. He is a Fellow member of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), an SAF Certified Forester, Fort Collins Colorado Master Naturalist, a member of the Larimer County Parks and Recreation Board and currently serves as a Coordinator for the International Wood Culture Society.
Zhangjing Chen has been a Research Scientist in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA; since the year 2000. He does research in biodeterioration of wood, wood preservation, wood drying, and basic wood science. He was worked in research institutes and a private corporation in Fujian, China; Shanghai, China; High Point, NC; Shanghai, China; and Epinal, France.
Barry Goodell has over 29 years of experience in the fields of sustainable biomaterials and wood science and engineering, including work in fungal biodeterioration of wood, bioconversion and bioenergy, structural biocomposites, and sustainable nanomaterials fields. He currently serves as a Professor within in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). Dr. Goodell has published over one hundred refereed articles and has four patents on various aspects of wood science and sustainable biomaterials
Harvey Green is Emeritus Professor of History at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and the author of Wood: Craft Culture, History (2006). He was awarded Fulbright grants to Finland in 1995 and 1999. He is the author of four books and several articles and essays on the history and material culture of the United States, and is at work on a book examining the intersections of American material culture and popular historical fiction between 1820 and 1940.
Howard Rosen worked for the US Forest Service for 35 years and after retiring in 2006, does volunteer work for the Forest Service in forests products, nanotechnology, and wood science policy. He is also active in several professional organizations: International Wood Culture Society (Vice President), Society of Wood Science and Technology, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (Wood Culture Working Party Chair), Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (Chair of the Board), and International Academy of Wood Science (Treasurer). He travels international for technical meetings in all parts of the world.
Barbara Weber has been making baskets since 2000 and now teaches basket weaving at regional and state conventions. She uses a variety of wood and other natural materials and loves to experiment with new materials and designs. Barbara displays her work through the Studio Fiber Arts group at the Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, Virginia. Prior to retiring from a 30-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Barbara held several positions, most recently as Associate Deputy Chief for Research in Washington, DC, and prior to that as Director of the Pacific Southwest Research Station, and a research scientist.
Stan Wellborn has been involved in woodworking activities for more than 30 years, and has written many articles for such publications as Fine Woodworking, American Woodturner, and The Craft Report. He is an experienced woodturner and was elected to the American Association of Woodturners Board of Directors in 2010. Prior to retirement, Wellborn was a long-time Washington, D.C., journalist and public affairs executive. Since 1988, he has been communications director at leading nonprofit organizations, including the Brookings Institution, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Resources for the Future.
Mike Wen-Pin Hou
Mike Wen-Pin Hou is the Director of International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) and a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Wood Day Foundation. He has been in the timber, plywood and wood export business for more than 25 years. His career shifted to the promotion of wood culture in the early 2000s and played a primary role in establishing IWCS in 2007.
World Nieh is the Forest Products National Program Lead in U.S. Forest Service Research and Development stationed in Washington D.C. As part of his duties as the Forest Products National Program Lead, Dr. Nieh currently provides leadership in nanotechnology and emerging technologies, biomass and bioeconomy, green buildings, international standards development, and supports technology transfer and intellectual property activities. Prior to joining the Forest Service in 2006, Dr. Nieh held positions in research, technical support, marketing and technology management in forest products and chemical companies.