Forestry expert to give public seminar at USC

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Published on 17 February 2012

17 February 2012

An American expert in forest engineering education will deliver a public seminar at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday 22 February before embarking on an extensive consultation tour of Australia’s forest industry.

Lematta Professor of Forest Engineering in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU), Loren Kellogg, will arrive as a guest of USC this weekend for a five-week stay as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Professor Kellogg has a PhD in Forest Science, a Masters in Forest Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and has worked as a logger in the Pacific Northwest Region in the United States. He has more than 35 years of teaching, research and outreach education experience in forest harvesting and operations analysis.

On Wednesday, he will discuss the topic “The value of research in a teaching program: The forest engineering experience at Oregon State University” at USC’s Lecture Theatre 4 from noon to 1pm.

The seminar is expected to be attended by representatives from Forestry Plantations Queensland and from the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

Professor Kellogg’s visit has been organised by the prestigious Australian-American Fulbright Commission. His Fulbright program title is “Engage with forest industry and university to establish how best to deliver an effective post-secondary teaching in forest engineering for Australia”.

During his stay, Professor Kellogg will also deliver seminars and meet with stakeholders in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania.

USC’s Professor of Forestry Operations Mark Brown said the University of the Sunshine Coast was honoured to be hosting the Fulbright Senior Specialist.

He said Professor Kellogg’s visit would encourage USC’s team of academics involved in several major forestry research projects in collaboration with the Cooperative Commonwealth Research Centre for Forestry.

“USC is exploring how best to provide specialised training for Australian forest engineering as part of a broader effort to deliver industry relevant research in forest operations,” he said.

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is one of 50 Fulbright Commissions in the world that work with the US Department of State to facilitate the program between the United States and more than 155 countries.

Fulbright Scholarship recipients are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential to help in the exchange of ideas, the development of bilateral relations and connections to address common issues.

— Terry Walsh

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