Dr. Laura M. Moya
Appointment: Graduate Research Assistant
Department: Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
Hometown: Montevideo, Uruguay
Ph.D. Natural Science and Resource Management (Forest Products), University of Minnesota, Projected Completion 2008
M.S.Timber Constructions, University of Bio-Bio, Chile, 2001
B.S. Architecture, National University of Uruguay, 1991
Laura Moya is a Ph.D candidate and research assistant working under the supervision of Dr. William T. Y. Tze and Dr. Jerrold E. Winandy. She obtained her BS in Architecture from the National University of Uruguay, and her M.S. degree in Timber Constructions from the University of Bio-Bio, Chile, in 2001.
She served as TA at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering in the following courses: BBE 1002 Wood and Fiber Science (spring 2007, spring 2006) and BP 4355 Designing of Wood Structures (spring 2006). In fall 2005 she co-taught, with Dr. David G. Grimsrud BP 3001 Statics, Mechanics and Structural Design with Wood.
In her native country she served as an assistant professor in the course Building Structures and Statics for seven years at the National University of Uruguay. She also worked as a structural consultant at the Uruguayan Department of Public Buildings since 1994, and worked for a consultant firm for architectural projects in the private sector in Uruguay.
Her professional interests center in the research and development of wood-based products for construction uses, specifically in their physico-mechanical properties.
Laura’s current research focuses on the development of oriented strand boards (OSB) using timber from fire-impacted trees. This study is a collaborative work between the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (UMN) and the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI.
Graduate Level Courses Taken:
University of Minnesota (2004-2006):
- BP 8011 Mechanics of Wood and Wood Composites
- AEM 4511 Mechanics of Composite Materials
- BP 5404 Bio-Based Composites Engineering
- BP 5404 Manufacturing of Bio-Based Products
- BP 4355 Design of Wood Structures
- ARCH 5021 Architecture Structures
- BP 5300 Residential Building Science
- AEM 3031 Deformable Body Mechanics
- STAT 5021 Statistical Analysis
- STAT 5303 Designing of Experiments
- Matrix of Transference Method for Continuous Beams and Beams on Elastic Foundations. Institute of Managerial Studies. Montevideo, Uruguay. 1995
- Engineering Design of Timber Constructions- School of Architecture and Civil Engineering. University of Bio-Bio, Chile. 1998
- Matrix Analysis for Civil Engineering. School of Architecture. National University of Uruguay. Montevideo, Uruguay. 2002
Laura also researched on the mechanical properties of glued-laminated beams made from Pinus taeda and Eucalyptus grandis. 1999-2001. Montevideo, Uruguay.
Laura M. Moya
University of Minnesota
Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
203 Kaufert Lab
2004 Folwell Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108-6130