About Frank

Frank Owens
Frank Owens

Mississippi State University

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Frank Owens
Frank Owens

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Frank Owens
Frank Owens

Wood Magic Science Fair

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Frank Owens
Frank Owens

Mississippi State University

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Since 2001, Frank Owens has been involved in the global marketing and sourcing of wood products. Fluent in Japanese, he has lived abroad for eight years in East Asia and the Middle East. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in East Asian languages from UCLA, and a doctoral degree in forest resources from Mississippi State University, where he currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. He teaches courses in wood anatomy and forest products marketing and conducts research on lumber properties, nondestructive testing, and computer vision applications for wood identification. He currently serves on the Council of the International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) and the Board of Directors of the National Association of Floor Covering Technicians (NAFCT).

Research

Tinius Olsen Testing Machine
Metriguard 511 Grain Angle Meter
XyloTron Machine Vision Wood ID
Lumber Properties
Nondestructive Testing

How do statistical distributions of mechanical properties of mill-run lumber populations affect graded lumber populations?

How can lumber producers,  consumers and engineers better use nondestructive testing devices to predict mechanical properties?

Computer Vision

How can we teach computers to more accurately identify wood species using artificial intelligence? 

Laboratory

Microscopes

Microscopes

XyloTron

XyloTron

Wood ID Laboratory

Wood Identification Laboratory

Woodshop

Woodshop

 
 
 
 

Graduate Students

Adriana Costa
Adriana Costa

Ph.D. Student - Brazil

Ben Farber
Ben Farber

Ph.D. Student - Wisconsin

Ph.D. Student - Mississippi

Alumni

Ph.D. 2021

Weyerhaeuser

 

Contact

Email & Phone:

frank.owens@msstate.edu

Tel: +1-662-325-6698

Address:

Dept. of Sustainable Bioproducts

201 Locksley Way

Starkville, MS 39759

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