Theodore H. Wegner
USDA Forest Service
Forest Products Laboratory, Assistant Director
Ted Wegner is Assistant Director at the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin where he has line-management responsibilities to identify, carryout, and assess innovative R&D in the areas of wood, fiber, and composites research. He has been a leader in developing the vision, agenda, and priorities for nanotechnology within the forest products industry sector. He organized and co-chaired the first US workshop on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry and is co-editor/author of “Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry: Vision and Technology Roadmap”. He is co-chair and an organizer of the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 International Conferences on Nanotechnology for the Forest Products Industry. Wegner has coauthored a number of papers on the role and vision for nanotechnology in the forest products industry and serves as a Forest Service representative on the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative. He also serves as a federal representative on the American Forest and Paper Association’s Agenda 2020 Technology Alliance and participated in the development of an overall forest products industry technology roadmap. He serves on the Secretary’s Forestry Research Advisory Committee of the USDA that both assesses and recommends USDA forestry-related research. Wegner holds Chemical Engineering degrees from the University of Wisconsin (BS) and the University of Illinois (MS/PhD) and is a Fellow of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. Prior to joining the Forest Service, he worked for E. I. DuPont.