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.
- Production & Process Engineering
- Off-Highway Vehicle Engineering
- Ecological Engineering