219 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210
Ph.D. (in progress) State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry
M. Eng., Cornell University, 1990
B. Sc. with Distinction, Cornell University, 1989
Optimum Value Engineering
Crovella, P L. and K.G. Gebremedhin. 1990. Analyses of light frame wood truss tension joint stiffness. Forest Products Journal, April 1990, 41-47.
Gebremedhin, K. G. and P. L. Crovella. 1990. Load distribution in metal plate connectors of tension joints in wood trusses. Transactions of the ASAE 34(1):281-7.
Crovella, P. L. and K. G. Gebremedhin. 1988. Improving wood truss design by optimizing metal plate connectors. ASAE Paper no. 88-45117. St. Joseph, MI. 19pp.
Gebremedhin, K. G. and P.L. Crovella. 1990. Analysis of light frame wood truss joints using an elastic foundation model. Proceedings of the International Timber Engineering Conference. Tokyo, Japan. 709-15.
Graduate Research Topic
I am researching the stiffness, bending and shear strengths of multiple wood species indigenous to upstate New York, assembled in the form of cross-laminated timber (CLT). This is in hope of providing additional structural data backing future standards to be implemented in the US for CLT to be used as a viable means for alternative engineering and construction solutions.
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