Dr. Frank C. Owens

Dr. Frank C. Owens

Title

  • Assistant Professor

Contact Information

fco7@msstate.edu
Office: 662-325-6698
Rm #5205, Forest Products Lab

Overview

Education

  • Mississippi State University, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Forest Resources
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Master of Arts (M.A.), International Studies
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), International Relations

Research Interests

Automated Wood Identification with Computer Vision
Statistical Distributions of Mechanical Properties of Lumber
Lumber Testing

Teaching Interests

Wood Anatomy
Forest Products Marketing
Research Seminar II

Websites

Publications

Year Publications
2022

Ravindran, P., Wade, A. C., Owens, F. C., Shmulsky, R., Wiedenhoeft , A. C. 2022. Towards sustainable North American wood product value chains, Part I: Computer vision identification of diffuse porous hardwoods. Frontiers in Plant Science 12(758455).

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2022

Ravindran, P., Wade, A. C., Owens, F. C., Shmulsky, R., Wiedenhoeft, A. C. 2022. Towards sustainable North American wood product value chains, Part 2: Computer vision identification of ring-porous hardwoods. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 52:1-14.

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2021

Anderson, G. C., Owens, F. C., Verrill, S. P., Ross, R. J., Shmulsky, R. 2021. Fitting statistical distribution models to MOE and MOR in mill-run spruce and red pine lumber populations. Wood and Fiber Science 53(1):17-26.

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2021

Ravindran, P., Owens, F. C., Wade, A. C., Vega, P., Montenegro, R. A., Shmulsky, R., Wiedenhoeft, A. C. 2021. Field-deployable computer vision wood identification of Peruvian timbers. Frontiers in Plant Science 12(647515 ).

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2021

Verrill, S. P., Owens, F. C., Shmulsky, R., Ross, R. J. 2021. Improved Models for Predicting the Modulus of Rupture under Third Point Loading. USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory General Technical Report FPL–RP–712.

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2021

Verrill, S. P., Owens, F. C., Shmulsky, R., Ross, R. J. 2021. A Java Image Analysis Program for Lumber Knots and Related Nonlinear Least Squares Routines for Filling Lumber Models of Rupture to Strength Predictors . USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory General Technical Report FPL–GTR–288.

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2020

Verrill, S. P., Owens, F., Kretschmann, D. E., Shmulsky, R., Brown, L. S. 2020. Visual and MSR grades of lumber are not 2-parameter Weibulls and why this may matter. Journal of Testing and Evaluation (ASTM International) 48(5):3946-3962.

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2020

Owens, F. C., Verrill, S. P., Shmulsky, R., Ross, R. J. 2020. Distributions of MOE and MOR in eight mill-run lumber populations (four mills at two times). Wood and Fiber Science 52(2):165-177.

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2020

Owens, F. C., Seale, R. D., Shmulsky, R. 2020. Strength and stiffness of 8-inch deep mixed hardwood composite timber mats. BioResources 15(2):2495-2500.

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2020

Verrill, S. P., Owens, F. C., Arvanitis, M. A., Kretschmann, D. E., Shmulsky, R., Ross, R. J., Lebow, P. 2020. Estimated probability of breakage of lumber of a fixed "grade" can vary greatly from mill to mill and time to time. USDA Forest Products Laboratory Research Paper FPL–RP–705.

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2020

Griffin, J. W., Seale, R. D., Owens, F. C., Grace, L. A. 2020. Construction of an economic model for prospective forest products manufacturing facilities. Bioresources 15(2):3874-3887.

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2020

Anderson, G. C., Owens, F. C., Franca, F., Ross, R. J., Shmulsky, R. 2020. Correlations between grain angle meter readings and bending properties of mill-run southern pine lumber. Forest Products Journal 70(3):275-278.

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2019

Verrill, S. P., Owens, F., Kretschmann, D. E., Shmulsky, R., Brown, L. S. 2019. Visual and MSR grades of lumber are not 2-parameter Weibulls and why it matters (with a discussion of censored data fitting). USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory FPL-RP-703:40 p.

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2019

Owens, F. C., Verrill, S. C., Shmulsky, R., Ross, R. J. 2019. Distributions of modulus of elasticity and modulus of rupture in four mill-run lumber populations. Wood and Fiber Science 51(2):183-192.

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2019

Cao, G., Owens, F. C., Verrill, S. P., Shmulsky, R., Ross, R. J. 2019. Within-mill variation in the means and variances of MOE and MOR of mill-run lumber over time. Wood and Fiber Science 51(4):387-401.

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2019

Blake, C., Street, J., Wooten, J. R., Mitchell, B., Owens, F. C. 2019. Industrial-scale palletization of southern pine energy pellets with various additives. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 35(6):889-901.

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2019

Cordeiro Barbosa, M., Street, J., Owens, F. C., Shmulsky, R. 2019. The effect of multiple knots in close proximity on southern pine lumber properties. Forest Products Journal 69(4):278-282.

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2018

Junaid, O., Owens, F. C., Entsminger, E. D., Seale, R. D., Shmulsky, R. 2018. Strength and stiffness properties of small clear specimens taken from commercially procured No.2 2x8 and 2x10 southern pine dimension lumber. Wood and Fiber Science 50(3):363-369.

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2018

Verrill, S. P., Owens, F., Kretschmann, D. E., Shmulsky, R. 2018. A fit of a mixture of bivariate normals to lumber stiffness-strength data. USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory FPL-RP-696:44 p.

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2018

Owens, F. C., Verrill, S. P., Shmulsky, R., Kretschmann, D. E. 2018. Distributions of modulus of elasticity and modulus of rupture in a full lumber population. Wood and Fiber Science 50(3):265-279.

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2017

Catchot, T., Owens, F. C., Shmulsky, R., Barnes, H. M. 2017. Comparison of wood utility crossarm properties from 1995 and 2015. Forest Products Journal 67(1/2):50-54.

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2017

Catchot, T., Owens, F. C., Shmulsky, R., Seale, R. D. 2017. Technical note: Using nondestructive testing to identify premium grades in southern pine and Douglas-fir utility crossarms. Wood and Fiber Science 49(1):105-112.

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2017

Verrill, S. P., Owens, F. C., Kretschmann, D. E., Shmulsky, R. 2017. Statistical models for the distribution of modulus of elasticity and modulus of rupture in mill run lumber with implications for reliability calculations. USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper FPL-RP-692

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Graduate Students

  • Benjamin Farber

Society Memberships

  • National Association of Floor Covering Technicians
  • International Wood Collectors Society
  • International Association of Wood Anatomists
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology
  • Forest Products Society
  • Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals