Pitti Receives Buckman Fellowship

June 25, 2018

Congratulations to graduate student Anna Pitti for receiving the 2018-19 Buckman Fellowship. Pitti is pursuing her master’s degree and is advised by Omar Espinoza.

Her research is aimed at increasing value-added uses of urban and reclaimed wood, which will help to create economic opportunities, reduce stress on landfills, and create high value-added uses for material that is usually wasted.

She is also involved in other research projects, including identification of exporting opportunities for Minnesota’s wood products, writing of an international marketing guide for small and medium-sized forest products companies, and development of a knowledge management system for cross laminated timber, a new structural wood-based material.

Upon graduation, she is interested in pursuing a career in corporate sustainability, emphasizing biobased materials and promoting use of wood products as a sustainable, renewable resource, or possibly pursuing a Ph.D.

We extend our thanks to Shri Ramaswamy for chairing this year's selection committee.

About the Buckman Fellowship

The Buckman Fellowship was established in 2002 with a gift from the estate of the late Mertie W. Buckman. It is awarded to graduate students in our department, the alma mater of the late Stanley Buckman (formerly the Department of Wood and Paper Science). This fund has been instrumental in recruiting and retaining the best graduate students to our programs. It has been used to provide graduate fellowships to highly qualified students with a two-year award, renewable after the first year.