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Reed Joins ORAU Board of Directors

April 12, 2007

Oak Ridge, Tenn.—The Oak Ridge Associated Universities’ (ORAU) Board of Directors welcomed David D. Reed as a new director at the 62nd annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.

Reed is currently vice president for research at Michigan Technological University. He also serves as Michigan Tech's representative on the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions.

"I've really enjoyed my involvement with ORAU to date, and look forward to service on the board," said Reed. "Michigan Tech places a great deal of value on the relationships and opportunities that ORAU brings to its member institutions. I'm looking forward to contributing to [ORAU] in this new role."

Reed earned a Ph.D. in forest biometrics and master of science degrees in statistics and biometrics from Virginia Tech. He also obtained a bachelor’s degree in forest science from the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Reed has authored or co-authored more than 120 technical publications, has served on more than 100 graduate committees, and has been the principal investigator or co-investigator on 39 funded projects. Throughout his career, he has researched southern pine beetles, the development of tree volume, taper and biomass estimation systems, growth-and-yield modeling, and the development and use of models to detect the often-subtle environmental effects on stand development.

Through this work, Reed has influenced a broad spectrum of scientists ranging from students to well-established forest science researchers. Reed has performed international work as a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal and other work abroad, most notably in Finland, the Baltics, Poland, and Russia. In recognition for this work, he was awarded the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations in 2000. He also won the Society of American Forester's Award in Forest Science in 2002.

Other directors elected to the ORAU Board were:

  • Sandra J. Degen, vice president for research, University of Cincinnati
  • Gerald D. Holder, U.S. Steel dean and professor, School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
  • Brooks A. Keel, vice chancellor for research and economic development and professor of biological engineering, Louisiana State University
  • Suzanne Laurich-McIntyre, assistant vice provost for graduate education, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Felix A. Okojie, vice president for research development, support and federal relations, Jackson State University
  • Winfred M. Phillips, vice president for research, University of Florida
  • J. Paul Reason, admiral, United States Navy (retired)

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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