AWPA e-Newsletter: November 2021


Current Standards Activity

During the AWPA Fall Technical Committee Meetings in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the committees considered proposals revising and/or reaffirming 37 standards. All 37 standards with proposals were authorized to move forward to letter ballot, which opened on October 19, 2021 and is accessible to Technical Committee members on the AWPA Standards Platform. The letter ballots will close on November 18, 2021 or when a 60% return rate is achieved, whichever is later. The public comment period is open and will close concurrently with the letter ballots. Once the ballots have closed, if necessary, the negative resolution procedure will begin and recirculation ballots will be sent to each committee with unresolved negative votes. The Executive Committee will then perform a procedural and legal review, taking final action at their meeting on January 11, 2022. A summary of proposals is found on the standards activity web page.

2022 AWPA Sponsorship Enrollment

In addition to membership dues and publication sales, AWPA relies heavily upon voluntary contributions from organizations that support AWPA's objectives and purposes. Through our Organizational Sponsorship Program, AWPA recognizes its sponsors at meetings, on the website, in publications, and other printed materials. If your organization is an AWPA Sponsor in 2021, your organization's sponsorship contact person should have received a renewal notice by email on October 13. If your organization did not receive a renewal notice, please let us know and we will send you one. If you are not currently a sponsor and you're able to support AWPA financially, please visit the "become a sponsor" web page or contact AWPA for more information.

2022 AWPA Membership Renewal

The 2022 AWPA membership renewal period is now open. 2022 Regular membership renewal is $290, but if you renew your membership by January 15, 2022, an early Renewal Discount of $50 will be applied at checkout. Current members can log into the AWPA Member Portal to renew online. Once you're logged in, you will see a bell with a red circle in the top right corner. Move your mouse over this and click the Renew Membership option to start the renewal process. If you prefer to renew by fax or mail, please let us know and we will be glad to send you a printable invoice

If you're not currently an AWPA member, please consider applying for membership. For more information visit the "Why should I join AWPA?" page on our website.

Call for Papers: 118th Annual Meeting

The AWPA Annual Meeting arrangements committee is putting together and excellent technical program and social events for the 2022 Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. If you would like to present a paper during one of the many Technical Sessions, please submit a working title and a list of authors as soon as possible. Contact AWPA if you have any questions or need additional information.

Nominations for AWPA Officers & Award of Merit

The deadline for nominating individuals to serve as Officers, Executive Committee Members, or Nominating Committee Members in the 2022/2023 term is December 31, 2021. If you know of an eligible AWPA member that would serve AWPA well in any of these positions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Bob Baeppler, or you may submit the nomination directly to AWPA.

Also, the deadline for nominations for the 2022 Award of Merit is December 1, 2021. Please consult the Award of Merit Policy and submit your nomination of a worthy individual to AWPA.

2021 AWPA Book of Standards

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sale 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 2021 edition, your standards are already outdated! This edition is available as a hefty 684-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 will be able to view discounted member pricing after logging in. If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.

New Members

Congratulations and welcome to our newest members!

  • David Williams - Dominion Wood Preservers, LLC
  • Robert Collette - Northeast Treaters, Inc

Position Openings

Mississippi State University. The Mississippi State University Extension Service (MSU-ES) seeks to fill a 12-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor, in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. in forest products, wood science, biomaterials, forestry, agricultural engineering, industrial technology, or a related field. This faculty member will have primary responsibility in timber conversion, lumber and products primary manufacturing/conversion, timber bridge and wood protection. The successful candidate must possess a Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher learning in forest products, wood science, biomaterials, forestry, agricultural engineering, industrial technology, or a related field. Must demonstrate strong communication skills. Click here for more information.


University of Idaho. A Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) position at PhD level is available at the Department of Forest, Rangeland and Fire Sciences, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho. Successful candidate will be involved in an NSF funded project that aims to improve and predict the durability and fire resistance of 3D printed bio composites. This is a highly interdisciplinary research project and successful candidate at the PhD level is expected to hold a Master’s degree related to the proposed topics of the study, preferably in wood science/products, agricultural/biological engineering, chemical engineering, materials science & engineering, chemistry, or closely related disciplines. The target starting date is in the Spring semester 2022. To apply, please send 1) a cover letter, 2) resume/CV, and 3) contact information of two professional references by email as a single PDF file to Dr. Lili Cai (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Additional information can be found at

Upcoming AWPA Meetings

  • Winter Executive Committee Meeting:
    Birmingham, Alabama / January 11, 2022

  • Spring Executive Committee Meeting:
    Charleston, South Carolina / May 14, 2022

  • 118th Annual Meeting:
    Charleston, South Carolina / May 15-17, 2022