Prof. Chunping DAI
Associate Professor, Department of Wood Science
Forest Sciences Centre 4617
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
|Chunping Dai graduated from The University of British Columbia with a Ph.D in Wood Science and Nanjing Forestry University with B.Sc in Wood Science and M.Sc in Forest Engineering. After graduating from UBC, Chunping worked briefly as a scientist at The Wood Science and Technology Centre at the University of New Brunswick before returning to Vancouver. He joined FPInnovations (formerly Forintek) as a scientist where he conducted research in engineered wood products for the forest industry for 25 years. While at FPInnovations, he and his research team developed a series of computer models to simulate key manufacturing operations of structural composite wood products. With extensive laboratory data and mill trial validations, these computer models have led to valuable insights into complex industry problems and have been widely used in the industry for the purposes of training, process and product optimization. He is also the inventor of several plywood and oriented-strand timber (OSB) manufacturing technologies which are in use in industry, including a patented veneer drying method and an OSB strand measurement system.
Chunping has authored or co-authored a total of 250 technical publications including journal articles, conference papers and research reports. He is a fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science and is a recipient of multiple research awards for his work on wood composites fundamentals. He is a long-time adjunct professor with UBC and several other universities where he has supervised or co-supervised 20 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In 2019, he joined the Department of Wood Science in UBC as a faculty member to take on a new role in teaching and research in sustainable bamboo and wood composite materials. His research group currently consists of seven graduate students, two undergraduate students, two postdocs and two affiliate members studying various aspects of bamboo and wood products processing and application.