Thammarat Mettanurak has been managing his family business, a retail store for construction materials, in Thailand for over a decade. Because lumber is the most profitable product in his family-run business, Thammarat chose to obtain a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Forest Products at Virginia Tech. Over the last ten years, the demand for Thai dimensional lumber has declined due to its relatively high price as well as decreased availability from Thailand’s neighboring countries. This trend has negatively impacted his company’s bottom line. During his 2018 Fellowship, Thammarat conducted research on Potential Applications of Softwood Lumber in Thai Home Construction (video). Contact: