Professor, Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management
Oregon State University
223 Peavy Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331
John Sessions is University Distinguished Professor of Forestry and Strachan Chair of
Forest Operations Management at Oregon State University. He teaches courses in Forest Planning, Transportation Planning, Combinatorial Optimization, Biomass Assessment, Harvesting and Transport and International Forestry. His research focuses on searching for efficient solutions to forest planning problems. His research has focused on a wide range of planning and operational problems including searching for optimal forest land allocations, optimal management regimes, optimal log making, optimal transportation networks and all aspects of the forestry supply chain. John’s software supports the strategic planning efforts of the state forests managed by the Oregon Department of Forestry. He has co-chaired the three national assessments of forests and forest management practices on Indian forests and participated on several other congressional assessments. He served as one of two academic members of the Interagency Science Team for the Multi-agency Fire Program. John’s research is documented in more than 300 publications. He has consulted in 16 countries for NGO’s, companies, and agencies to solve forest planning and transportation problems.
For the W2W project John is responsible for development of the decision support system to schedule biomass activities at the landscape scale in order to identify the most biomass efficient supply chain considering mobile biomass conversion technologies in a geographic context.