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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences

College of Natural Resources

phone: (208) 885-7952
fax: (208) 885-6564

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, ID 83844-1133
Tom Gorman

Thomas M. Gorman

Office: CNR 202A
Phone: 208-885-7402
Email: tgorman@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1133
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1133

College of Natural Resources
Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences
Associate Dean
Professor of Renewable Materials

With UI Since 1987

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Wood quality
    • Small diameter log utilization
    • Mechanical properties of wood
    • Sustainable green building practices
    • Energy efficient wood-framed housing
    • Student service projects for the community that involve wood construction
    • Wood engineering and timber grading services
    • Short courses for professional wood workers and serious wood working hobbyists
  • Biography

    Dr. Tom Gorman, P.E., professor of renewable materials, has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Idaho since 1987. Prior to coming to Idaho, he was a Research Engineer at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin and served on a ship in U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. While working on his college degrees he spent most summers working for the US Forest Service in the Bob Marshall Wilderness outside of Augusta, Montana and on the Kenai Peninsula near Seward, Alaska. He is a licensed professional engineer in Idaho, Washington and Montana and a member of the Forest Products Society, the Society of Wood Science and Technology, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Building Professional. He has served as a consultant and expert witness in the area of wood products evaluation and testing.

  • Selected Publications
    • Morrow, C.D., T. M. Gorman, J. W. Evans, D. E. Kretschmann, and C.A. Hatfield. The prediction of wood quality in small diameter Douglas-fir using site and stand characteristics. In press, Wood and Fiber Science.
    • Green, D.W.; Gorman, T.M.; Evans, J.W.; and Murphy, J.F. 2008. Grading and properties of small-diameter Douglas-fir and ponderosa pine tapered logs. Forest Prod. J. 58(11):33-41.
    • Gorman, T.M. D.W. Green, A.G. Cisternas, R. Hernandez, and E.C. Lowell. 2007. Structural lumber from suppressed growth ponderosa pine from northern Arizona. Forest Products Journal 57(12):42-47.
    • Green, D.W., T.M. Gorman, J.W. Evans, and J.F. Murphy. 2006. Mechanical grading of round timber beams. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 18(1):1-10.
    • Sathre, R. and T. Gorman 2005. Improving the performance of wooden journal bearings. Forest Products Journal 55(11):41-47.
    • Gorman, T.M. Relationship between moisture changes and dimensional change in wood. 2000. J. of Materials Education, 20 (5 & 6): 1-5.
  • Research Projects
    Inland Northwest Forest Products Research Consortium
    The Inland-Northwest Forest Products Research Consortium represents a cooperative effort between the Forest Products Department at the University of Idaho, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana, and the Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory at Washington State University. The Consortium, through a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional approach investigates forest products and utilization problems important to the Inland Northwest.

    Coalition for Advanced Wood Structures
    The Coalition for Advanced Wood Structures brings together representatives from universities, industry and government to work together in a cooperative, complementary manner to foster sustainable, efficient use of our forest resources while improving the economy and performance of wood structures.
  • Outreach Projects
    National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Student Chapter Adviser
    Housed under the Residential Construction Academy, and funded by NAHB, corporate partners, and student member dues, the NAHB Student Chapters program helps to enrich the educational experience of students enrolled in construction-related fields such as construction management, engineering, architecture, real estate, and the trades.

    Picnic shelters made from small diameter logs, Phillips Farm, Latah County, Idaho, 2003 
    Students designed and constructed two gazebos using locally harvested small diameter logs as a community service project for a new park.

    Interpretive Trail Information Kiosk, McGovern Demonstration Forest, Kootenai County, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, 2003
    Students constructed a timber-framed shelter to protect interpretive signs that explain the forest management practices being carried out at this University of Idaho demonstration forest.

    Wheel chair ramp, Clarkston, Washington, Asotin County, 2006
    Students constructed a wheelchair ramp to provide independent home access to a handicapped individual.
  • Awards and Honors

    First Place, 1984 Forest Products Research Society (FPRS) Wood Award, presented at the 1984 FPRS Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri. The FPRS Wood Award competition is open to graduate students in the U.S. and Canada. Awards are based on outstanding research papers determined by panel review.

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