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

Date: October 24th , November 14th, and November 28th
Time: 5:30 - 6:30
Location: RH115

Guest Speaker: November 14th - Scott Purdue, TerraMai Sales and Marketing, will be discussing the company and his transition from Oregon State Renewable Materials Program to a career in the private sector of reclaimed wood products. 5:30 PM in RH115.

Homemade dinner provided!

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

Vertical Garden Project Meetings


Every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted)

*Wednesday, November 14th at 4:30 we are visiting the project site. Please respond to Cody Knight at knightco@oregonstate.edu if you want to attend.*

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.

Lincoln Elementary School STEM Night Volunteering

Date: November 14th
Time: 6:00 - 7:30
Location: Lincoln Elementary School, 110 SE Alexander Ave., Corvallis, OR 97333

We need at least two volunteers (especially if you speak Spanish)!

FUSE volunteers annually at the Lincoln Elementary School Family STEM Night as a way to engage with the public and encourage kids in science.

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

Annual MLK Weekend Trip


January 18th - 21st

Time:  TBA
Location:  TBA - Please tell us if you have ideas for the trip!
Details: Every year, FUSE takes a long weekend over the MLK holiday to explore an interesting avenue of wood science. We are open to suggestions for this year's trip! 

Raquel Albee at raquel.albee@oregonstate.edu.

Cody Knight at knightco@oregonstate.edu.

Forrest Ego at egof@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.