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Delton Alderman

Delton Alderman
Research Forest Products Technologist
301 Hardwood Lane, Suite B
Princeton, WV 24740
United States
Current Research
  • United States, European, and select Asian countries housing markets
  • Development of a mass customization or personalization model for the transfer of technology and knowledge.
  • Assessment of attributes or cues that veneer procurement personnel emphasize in veneer log procurement.
  • Assessment of attributes or cues that veneer clippers/manufacturers utilize in final clipping decisions
  • Assessment of consumer preferences among and between select U.S. and foreign hardwood species.
  • Assessment of primary and secondary manufacturers' technology transfer needs, specifically gauging interest in developing personalized technology transfer.
  • Entrepreneurial management and marketing for white pine sawmills and producers.
  • Discernment of fashion/trendsetters in the furniture and flooring industry segments for enhancing hardwood utilization.
Research Interest
  • Personalization of technology transfer
  • Personalization of furniture manufacture
  • Procurement and consumer preference effects on hardwood forest management
  • Human interaction and experience with wood products
Why This Research Is Important

Provide economic analysis, and projections that indicate the impacts of changing wood products use and apply modern statistical methods to enhance the integrity and efficiency of FPL research. 

Economics and statistics is a critical component to the success of research at FPL. Economists provide information indicating how and why the markets and technologies for wood products change over time, implications for natural resources management, and selected broad environmental and social impacts. Statisticians apply modern statistical methods to enhance the integrity and deficiency of biomass utilization research.

 This unit supports other research projects by: 

  • Providing statistical methods that help develop innovations to expand the competitive use of wood to meet needs and conserve resources;
  • Evaluating the role of market trends and innovations on competitiveness of U.S. firms with foreign firms; and
  • Evaluating the impact on forests of possible forest industry or forest management policies and initiatives that provide new values for wood or conserve wood.
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), Ph.D., Wood Science and Forest Products, 2001
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), M.S., Wood Science and Forest Products, 1998
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VPI), B.S., Forestry and Wildlife Management, 1982
Professional Experience
  • Forestry Consultant,  Delton Alderman, Winston-Salem, NC,  1985 - 1996
  • Procurement Forester,  D T House Co. Inc, Louisburg NC,  1982 - 1984
Professional Organizations
  • Member,  Forest Products Society (FPS),  1999 - Present
  • American Marketing Association,  2001 - Present
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST),  2003 - Present
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF),  1982 - 1994
  • Chair,  Forest Products Society, Extension and Technology Transfer Technical Interest Group,  2006 - 2009
  • Chair,  Forest Products Society, Marketing Technical Interest Group,  2006 - 2009
  • Chair And Director,  Forest Products Society, Membership Committee, Carolinas-Chesapeake Section,  2005 - 2008
Awards & Recognition
  • USDA National Needs Fellowship, 1998
    The Fellowships are support programs that engage outstanding students to complete their degrees in USDA mission areas. Fellows provide clarity about the philosophy of their training, relevance to USDA mission sciences and national science policies.
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