Patrick Pan, a Master of Applied Science student in the Renewable Resources Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was presented with the 2017 Wood Award first place prize by the Forest Products Society at their 71st Annual Convention in Starkville, Mississippi, which ran from June 26-28, 2017. The award, which includes a presentation plaque and a US$1000 cash prize, was given for Patrick’s paper “Wood Grain Direction Measurement From Spatial Reflection”. Patrick is the third student from the Renewable Resources Lab to win this prestigious award, or fourth if also counting his supervisor, Prof. Gary Schajer, who also won the award while a student in 1981.
Patrick comes from Huzhou, China. He completed his undergraduate study at Ningbo University, China, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In his senior year, Patrick received a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to study at the University of California, San Diego for a one-year exchange program. Patrick is presently completing his MASc degree research at UBC and plans to go on to work in industry as an Engineer.