Smith is program leader in the LSU AgCenter's Forest Products Development Center, which provides technical assistance to the primary and value-added processing wood products industries in Louisiana.

In addition to Smith's election, two graduate students from the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources won the first-place and second-place awards for research papers at the meeting.

It was the first time in the society's history that the top two awards went to students from the same institution. Cheng Piao won first and Ronnie Vun won second in this prestigious national competition.

Piao received a $1,000 honorarium, and Vun received $500. Both were given the opportunity to present their research findings in a technical forum at the meeting in Seattle.

Smith, who has a bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, has been on the LSU AgCenter faculty since 1993. He previously was on the faculties of West Virginia University in Morgantown, W. Va., and the University of Washington, Seattle.

The Forest Products Society is an international not-for-profit technical association founded in 1947 to provide an information network for all segments of the forest products industry.

e-mail: rbogren@agctr.lsu.edu