Rummer to discuss forest engineering

Published: Feb 8, 2008 12:02:05 PM
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Bob Rummer, project leader for the forest operations research unit in Auburn, will be discussing applications and challenges in forest engineering on Monday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Shelby Center 3210. His lecture will be part of the graduate seminar series in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Forest engineers apply engineering fundamentals to address a range of issues in the forest industry, a field critical to our economy, our quality of life and the environment. The seminar will cover some of the current research efforts of the forest operations research unit. Projects that will be discussed include assessing the production costs for new forest operations, safety and ergonomic issues in forest work, logistics and radio frequency identification in forest products transportation, scheduling and optimization of treatments over long periods of time.

Rummer has a bachelor's degree in forest management and a master's degree in forest products from the University of Idaho, as well as a doctorate in industrial engineering from Auburn University. He began working for the Forest Service in Alabama in 1983. His research focuses on new technology for forest work, forest operations safety, and the ecological effects of forest operations. He represents the United States in international standards work for forest machines and has written over 150 reports on research studies.