My interests and expertise are in forest engineering and structural wood engineering. I teach and conduct research mainly in the areas of modeling the properties and performance of engineered wood components, developing innovative timber bridge designs, developing portable timber bridge systems,  reducing environmental impacts from forest roads and stream crossings, and using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in forest operations.

Dr. Taylor teaches courses for university students in engineered wood structure design, engineering design for biosystems (senior capstone design experience), spatial technologies for biosystems, introduction to forest operations, and stochastic modeling for biosystems.  Dr. Taylor also teaches several professional development courses for registered professional engineers.  These courses cover design of engineered wood structures and design of timber bridge systems.

Dr. Taylor's research interests and expertise are in the areas of wood structure design and modeling, timber bridges, portable bridge systems, structural reliability, stochastic modeling, alternative stream crossings for forest roads, and using GPS for forest operations planning and evaluation. Recent application areas include developing portable timber bridge designs and quantifying water quality impacts from forest road stream crossings, modeling the spatial variability of localized lumber properties in E-rated laminating lumber, characterizing size effects on end joints used in wide glulam timber beams, modeling the effects of length on lumber tensile strength, improving quality control during lumber and forest product manufacturing, using GPS to track forest machines, and determining appropriate levels of GPS data needed in forest operations planning.

Interest areas:

  • Production & Process Engineering
  • Off-Highway Vehicle Engineering
  • Ecological Engineering
Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Forest Engineering
1989 - 1995

USDA Doctoral Fellow, Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University (past)
1985 - 1988

Graduate Research Assistant, Agricultural Engineering, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Florida (past)
1984 - 1985

Department Head, Biosystems Engineering Department, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University

Director, Biosystems Engineering Department, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn University

Oregon College of Art & Craft

Associate Professor, Forest Engineering, Biosystems Engineering Department, College of Agriculture, Auburn University
1996 - current

PhD, Texas A&M University, Agricultural Engineering, 1988
ME, University of Florida, Agricultural Engineering, 1985
BS, University of Florida, Agricultural Engineering, 1983
agricultural engineering forest engineering gps bridges water quality stochastic processes
Alberta Medical Association
Alpha Zeta Omega
American Forest and Paper Association
American Institute of Timber Construction
American Society of Agricultural Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
Epsilon Lambda Chi
Forest Products Society
Gamma Sigma Delta
National Society of Professional Engineers
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Society of Wood Science and Technology
Tau Beta Pi