Kamke, Fred

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Professor and JELD-WEN Chair of Wood-based Composites Science
Wood Science & Engineering
Office Location: 

104 Richardson Hall

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-8422
Fax Number: 
(541) 737-3385
B.S., 1979, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., 1983, Oregon State University
Educational Background: 
Research Areas: 
  • Resource Extension and Optimization
  • Novel Composite Materials
Research Interests: 
  • Adhesive Bonding
  • Heat & Mass Transfer
  • Wood-based Composites
  • Wood-Water Relationships
Dr. Kamke's research specialization is heat and mass transfer in wood and wood-based products, with emphasis on adhesion science, modeling, manufacture and performance of wood-based composites, and green building materials. He is the author of over 200 technical publications and presentations. Dr. Kamke has had primary responsibility for over $10 million in extramural research grants and contracts. He has taught college level courses in physical and mechanical properties of wood, wood anatomy, wood-based composite manufacture, drying of wood, wood and water relationships, durability of wood products, adhesion, and building construction. Dr. Kamke also regularly teaches traditional and online short courses developed for the wood-based composites industry. He is actively engaged in consulting activities in the areas of his research specialization. Dr. Kamke is a Fellow in the International Academy of Wood Science and a past president of the Society for Wood Science and Technology.


Graduate Major Advisor
Courses Taught: 
  • WSE 461/561
    Bio-Based Products Manufacturing
    First of a 3-term series exploring technologies and management practices associated with manufacturing products from wood and other renewable materials. Subjects covered include the major processing steps for the conversion of raw materials such as wood, bamboo, hemp, and cereal straws into products.
  • WSE 471/571
    Renewable Materials in Building Construction
    Building construction is a major application of renewable materials, primarily wood. This course explores material selection options, applications, and performance characteristics. Residential construction is emphasized, but non-residential construction applications will also be discussed. Concepts and interpretation of life cycle assessment are introduced.