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Delton Alderman, Research Forest Products Technologist

Delton Alderman

Research Forest Products Technologist
301 Hardwood Lane, Suite B
Princeton, WV, 24740
Phone: 304-431-2734

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Current Research

  • Development of a mass customization or personalization model for the transfer of technology and knowledge.
  • Assessment of attributes or cues that veneer procurement personnel emphasize in veneer log procurement.
  • Assessment of attributes or cues that veneer clippers/manufacturers utilize in final clipping decisions
  • Assessment of consumer preferences among and between select U.S. and foreign hardwood species.
  • Assessment of primary and secondary manufacturers' technology transfer needs, specifically gauging interest in developing personalized technology transfer.
  • Entrepreneurial management and marketing for white pine sawmills and producers.
  • Discernment of fashion/trendsetters in the furniture and flooring industry segments for enhancing hardwood utilization.

Research Interests

  • Personalization of technology transfer
  • Personalization of furniture manufacture
  • Procurement and consumer preference effects on hardwood forest management
  • Human interaction and experience with wood products

Why This Research is Important

NRS-01's stated goals are to promote natural resource conservation and help sustain forest-based industries and economies through research and development on resource characteristics, forest management practices, and innovative processing technologies. The research scientist's projects address these goals, as sustainable industries are congruent with and integral to forest management and healthy forests.

Professional Organizations

  • Forest Products Society (FPS) (1999 - Present)
  • American Marketing Association (2001 - Present)
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) (2003 - Present)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF) (1982 - 1994)
  • Forest Products Society, Extension and Technology Transfer Technical Interest Group (2006 - 2009)
  • Forest Products Society, Marketing Technical Interest Group (2006 - 2009)
  • Forest Products Society, Membership Committee, Carolinas-Chesapeake Section (2005 - 2008)

Awards & Recognition

  • USDA National Needs Fellowship, 1998 The Fellowships are support programs that engage outstanding students to complete their degrees in USDA mission areas. Fellows provide clarity about the philosophy of their training, relevance to USDA mission sciences and national science policies.

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Publications & Products

National Research Highlights

Historically, U.S. housing construction and sales have been a major component of U.S. gross domestic product (GDP).

Housing markets are critical to the wood products industry

Year: 2017

U.S. and international housing markets are critical to the wood products industry, as new single-family units consume more value-added wood products than any other wood consuming sector.

House under construction in the framing stage. Michael Luckado

Construction-Sector Developments in Europe, 2012-2013

Year: 2014

A Forest Service scientist has analyzed the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe area's housing construction market.

Housing permits, starts, and completions, 1968-2012, in thousands. Delton Alderman, USDA Forest Service

Vital Information About the Housing Market Made Available to Stakeholders

Year: 2013

Historically, the U. S. housing segment utilizes a substantial quantity of forest products. A Forest Service scientist analyzed the pertinent data and provided an annual report of vital information about the housing market and the overall U.S. economy. As a result, architects, associations, banking professionals, builders, primary and secondary manufacturers, real estate professionals, federal and state entitie, and investment professionals can all obtain the information they need on the housing market.

Last modified: Wednesday, December 10, 2014