AWPA e-Newsletter: July 2020


2020 Fall Technical Committee Meetings

Due to government imposed restrictions, we will be unable to hold an in-person meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico this year. The meetings will be held online over the same dates, September 21-24, 2020. Details on the meeting schedule and registration will be provided as soon as arrangements have been made. Please be sure to reserve these dates in your calendar and make plans to attend.


2020 AWPA Book of Standards

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sales of the AWPA Book of Standards? Every treating plant, laboratory, specifier, and inspector should have a current edition on-hand, so please be sure to purchase updated copies each year to help AWPA cover the cost of standards development. If you don’t have the 2020 edition, your standards are already outdated! This edition is available as a hefty 674-page printed book, a searchable read-only USB drive, or a printed book/USB combination. To order online, visit the AWPA online store – please note that AWPA members must log in to the store to obtain discounted member pricing (click here if you’ve forgotten your store password). If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.


AWPA Welcomes New Members

Here are AWPA's newest members...congratulations and welcome!

  • Jose Osornio, Hixson Lumber Sales of Texas, Inc.
  • Matt Byers, David Mason + Associates
  • Tim Parker, Fortress Wood Products
  • Stephen Stolz, Stolz Sales & Management LLC


Standards Scheduled for Withdrawal

All AWPA Preservative/Protectant standards must be reaffirmed within five years of the latest adoption or reaffirmation year. The following AWPA “P” standards will be automatically withdrawn if not reaffirmed this year: P20*, P48*, P49*, P50*, P52*, P53*, and P58*. Note that reaffirmation of “P” standards requires submission of available performance data – please consult Guidance Document I for additional information. All other classes of standards must either be revised (or reaffirmed if no revisions are needed) within five years of the latest adoption, revision, or reaffirmation year. The following standards will be automatically withdrawn if not revised or reaffirmed this year: A17*, A31*, A48, A49*, A65*, E4*, E5*, E7*, E8*, E9*, E13*, E17*, E20*, E25*, E26*, E27*, E29*, M4*, M13*, M20, and M24. A standardization proposal form may be downloaded from the AWPA Standards Activity web page, but note that the deadline for proposals for the Fall 2020 standardization cycle is Wednesday, July 08, 2020. All proposals timely received in the proper format will be considered during the Fall Technical Committee Meetings to be held online, September 21-24, 2020. (NOTE: an asterisk* in the above list of standards indicates that a proposal has been received for that standard as of July 6, 2020.)


Position Openings

Mississippi State University: Graduate Research Assistant (MS and PhD positions). Two graduate research assistantships are available in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts at Mississippi State University (MSU). The successful applicants will be involved in multidisciplinary projects in the field of timber engineering. The Master of Science (MS) program applicant will be involved in computer simulation work on wooden joints, while the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program applicant will carry out a project on the development of preservative-treated cross-laminated timber panels. The successful applicants will be funded during the study periods (i.e. 2 years for MS program and 3 years for Ph.D. program) with competitive stipends, tuition, fees, and insurance. To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information of two referees by email as a single PDF file to Dr. Hyungsuk Lim (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The review of the applications will continue until the position is filled. The expected enrollment in the program is September 2020.


Upcoming AWPA Meetings

  • Summer 2020 Executive Committee Meeting: Virtual, August 5, 2020
  • 2020 Fall Technical Committee Meetings: Virtual, September 21-24, 2020
  • 117th Annual Meeting:  Charleston, South Carolina, May 16-18, 2021