Dr. Paul Winistorfer is Dean of the College of Natural Resources and Professor of Wood Science and Forest Products with overall responsibilities for the College's programs in learning, discovery and engagement. The College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech is a national leader in the arena of natural resources and the environment.
Dr. Winistorfer came to Virginia Tech as Department Head in May of 2001 following a 16 year faculty appointment at the University of Tennessee and a Post-doctoral appointment at the University of Georgia. He was appointed the third Dean of the College August 1, 2009.
Dr. Winistorfer, 55, has extensive experience in the field of wood composites, directing a research program at The University of Tennessee that focused on density and densification of these products during manufacture. This work lead to successful national USDA Research Initiative Competitive grants, a stream of important publications and technology that has been commercialized in the private sector and is in place at over 120 manufacturing facilities, R&D labs, Government and university labs worldwide. Winistorfer was the founding Director of the Tennessee Forest Products Center on the UT campus, which included development and building of a new leading laboratory on that campus. He is a U.S. patent holder and twice recipient of the American Museum of Science and Energy Emerging Technology Awards in 1999 and 2000.
Dr. Winistorfer holds the Doctorate in Forestry (Wood Science) from Iowa State University and also participated in the Undergraduate Honors degree program, encompassing studies in forest products, industrial engineering and education. He is an elected Fellow in the International Academy of Wood Science.
In support of his profession, he has served as President of the Forest Products Society (www.forestprod.org), and President of WoodLINKS USA, a grassroots educational platform to bring modern wood manufacturing to high schools, community colleges and universities. WoodLINKS is currently present in 125 schools in 22 states. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Virginia Forestry Association.
Winistorfer’s duties currently include leadership of the college's programs in learning, discovery, engagement and development. He serves as the chief academic and fiscal officer of the college.