Professor and JELD-WEN Chair of Wood-based Composites Science
Wood Science & Engineering
104 Richardson Hall
B.S., 1979, University of Minnesota
Ph.D., 1983, Oregon State University
- Novel Composite Materials
- Resource Extension and Optimization
- 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
- WSE 461/561Bio-Based Products ManufacturingFirst 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 465Renewable Materials Manufacturing ExperienceLearning about and visiting a number of renewable materials industrial and commercial operations representing all parts of the renewable materials value chain. The class will meet daily for one 5-day week immediately prior to the start of fall term. During the week, the students and at least one instructor will meet daily. Lectures will precede visits to industrial plants, mills and sites. At the end of the day, an instructor will participate in a debriefing session, reiterating what was learned during the day. Students will then submit a report on the day's activities. The class includes daily travel and overnight stays.
- WSE 471/571Renewable Materials in Building ConstructionBuilding 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.