Barry Goodell

Professor, Forest Biomaterials and Bioenergy/Wood Science and Technology
National Coordinator
, Wood Utilization Research Centers
, Forest Products Society
113 Nutting Hall, Orono, ME 04469-5755
207-581-2888 | Fax: 207-581-2875

  • Ph.D. Oregon State University, Corvallis (1983)
  • M.S. Oregon State University, Corvallis (1980)
  • B.S. University of New Hampshire, Durham (1976)

Dr. Goodell has over 25 years of wood science and engineering experience. He holds a Doctorate from Oregon State University and is currently a Professor and Program Leader in the Wood Science and Technology Program at the University of Maine. Dr. Goodell is the Project Director of the Wood Utilization Research (WUR) program at UMaine. He is also one of the four founding members of the Advanced Structures and Composites Center [LINKING TO:], a world class, ISO accredited research and development facility whose research initiatives include cutting-edge materials and structures technology development for deepwater offshore wind, civil infrastructure, boat-building, residential and light commercial construction, defense, and homeland security.He has published over one hundred articles on wood and biomaterials degradation and protection, engineered wood composites, and the development of novel products including hybrid biocomposites. He also holds two patents and one provisional patent, with other patents pending.

I teach in the introductory course in Forest Biomaterials and Bioenergy and I have a great interest in using materials from the forest to better our lives. My interests range from wood design and craftsmanship and the use of wood in artistic endeavors, to the conversion of cellulosic materials to produce biofuels. Wood is still very important in modern design because of its’ warmth and beauty, but we have many new ways to use use forest biomaterials. Teaching students how this can be done, will lead us to new and better biobased, sustainable ways to lead our lives.