Forest Utilization Society (FUSE)

Who are we?

The goal of this student organization is to bring a spirit of fellowship to students, faculty, and employers, and to promote awareness about forest products and forest products issues and events. Membership is open to anyone interested in forestry and forest products, and events are built around curriculum in the Department of Wood Science & Engineering in the College of Forestry. Club activities include social events, bi-weekly term meetings, Wood Magic community outreach, weekend trips, hosting guest speakers, and short field trips to local companies in forest products related professions. 

FUSE is really working to branch-out (pun intended) at OSU. The Forest Products Society (FPS) is our national chapter and supports our local involvement. Forest products are used in many applications and it is important that we diversify and create new opportunities and connections as a club. As much as our goal is to promote awareness and create opportunities for professional development, FUSE prides itself on being one of the most fun and creative clubs on campus. Involvement at meetings is rewarded with homemade food, a friendly and comical atmosphere, and awesome games. Check us out!


Officer Contacts

Raquel Albee, President

Cody Knight, Vice-President

Forrest Ego, Secretary

Byrne Miyamoto, Treasurer

Mika DonahueCouncil Representative

Scott Leavengood, Faculty Advisor


Club Events

See the club calendar for meetings and a comprehensive overview of meetings and events. 

All-members Meetings


January 23rd, February 6th, February 20th, and March 6th

** February 6th meeting will include a discussion of the vertical wall garden project led by Cody Knight!

** February 20th meeting will include 2019-2020 officer elections. Make sure to attend!

Time: 5:00 - 6:00
Location: RH115
Details:  Homemade dinner included! Meeting are always a fun gathering of a great group of people.
Contact: Raquel Albee at raquel.albee@oregonstate.edu.

Vertical Garden Project Meetings



Time: 5:00 - 5:30
Location: Richardson Hall 2nd Floor Knuckle

For all those interested in working on the vertical garden volunteer project for the Linn-Benton Food Share!

We will talk design, concepts, details, planning, teamwork, and go visit the site as well. Bring drawings, prints, a computer, etc., to get the ball rolling.

Contact: Cody Knight at knightco@oregonstate.edu.

Forest Products Society PNW Regional Meeting and Mock Interviews


Thursday, February 21st


12:00 - 2:00: FPS PNW Region Update, Presentations, and Discussion

2:00 - 4:00: Tour of New Peavy and the Advanced Wood Processing Center

4:00 - 6:00: Mock Interview Session

Location:  OSU - Richardson Hall

Join OSU students and industry professionals to engage with FUSE's parent organization, Forest Products Society. Come prepared with an updated resume for the structured mock interview sessions. 

RSVP info will be sent out shortly.


Raquel Albee at raquel.albee@oregonstate.edu.

Oregon Logging Conference Family Day

Date: Saturday, February 23rd
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Lane County Convention Center and Fairgrounds (Eugene)

FUSE will be attending Family Day at the 81st Annual Oregon Logging Conference! Join us for a day of fun and education!

FUSE needs help hosting Wood Magic with red oak wood bazookas at the event. Please contact Raquel if you can volunteer!

Contact: Raquel Albee at raquel.albee@oregonstate.edu.

Renewable Materials Recruiting Days

Date: March 7th and 8th
Time: TBA
Location: Richardson Hall

Over 30 renewable materials companies in attendance at the biggest RM career event at OSU!


Raquel Albee at raquel.albee@oregonstate.edu.

Michelle Maller at michelle.maller@oregonstate.edu.

Club History

FUSE began in 2000 as the OSU Chapter of the Forest Products Society. The club was founded to promote professionalism, networking, and unique experiences to students in forestry-related departments at OSU. In 2014, the OSU Chapter of the Forest Products Society became FUSE, the Forest Utilization Society. FUSE has many of the same goals as the OSU Chapter of the Forest Products Society. Today, the club is open to all regularly enrolled students at OSU.

Involvement with the national Forest Products Society was on a downward trend until this year. An emphasis has recently been placed on fostering the relationship between FPS and FUSE to regain connections, gather support, and give a renewed legitimacy to the club. 


FPS Chapter

Visit the national website.

The Forest Products Society is an international not-for-profit technical association founded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forest products industry. Membership is open to private and public research and development, industrial management and production, marketing, education, government, engineering and consulting.


To be the international leader for advancing the sustainable use of renewable cellulosic resources through science and technology.



Contribute to global stewardship by encouraging the social, economic and environmentally sustainable use of wood and other renewable cellulosic materials.



Implement the Mission and provide value to members and partners by:

  • Leading the international exchange of scientific discoveries, innovation and technical knowledge,
  • Facilitating innovative and intelligent, contemporary use of renewable materials within architectural, engineering, manufacturing, construction and bioenergy communities,
  • Educating and shaping public opinion and policy about renewable materials through science-based knowledge,
  • Providing services to build the scientific knowledge base, ultimately resulting in technological advancements for end-users.

Members pay an annual fee to access the publications, research tools, technical conferences, and highly diverse network. Students may apply for membership at a reduced cost and gain access to all the same benefits as a full member. In addition to the national resources available, the Pacific NW Sector of FPS is currently being established and will provide extra support for students at OSU. 



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