American Wood council appoints Michelle Kam-Biron as director of education, Lori Koch as project engineer, Bryan Knight as web development coordinator, Marcie Weeber as part-time program assistant

LEESBURG, Virginia , November 30, 2012 (press release) – The American Wood Council (AWC) is pleased to announce the addition of four new staff members to support its building codes and standards activities.

Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., S.E. is AWC’s new director of education. Kam-Biron has more than 20 years experience in structural engineering and most recently served as WoodWorks’ senior technical director for multistory/mid-rise construction. In her new role, she will conduct outreach with key audiences on AWC’s work on structural wood products codes and standards.

Lori Koch is AWC’s new project engineer. With degrees from Penn State, Clemson, and Virginia Tech in civil engineering as well as forestry, wood science and forest products, Koch will ensure timely completion of AWC research and engineering projects and will work with AWC staff to review technical documents and provide engineering interpretations to wood designers.

Bryan Knight is AWC’s new web development coordinator. Prior to joining AWC, Bryan was a web designer for Bloomberg BNA where he coded and maintained custom websites and provided technical and design support. In his new role, he is responsible for maintaining the AWC website and designing and maintaining multimedia tools and tablet/Smartphone applications.

Marcie Weeber is AWC’s new part-time program assistant. Prior to joining AWC, Marcie worked at Sandia National Laboratories providing administrative support to staff scientists and served as a tutor and teacher in Loudoun County (Virginia) Public Schools. In her new role, she provides administrative support to AWC technical staff and assists members with information requests.
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The American Wood Council (AWC) is the voice of North American traditional and engineered wood products, representing over 60 percent of the industry. From a renewable resource that absorbs and sequesters carbon, the wood products industry makes products that are essential to everyday life and employs over one-third of a million men and women in well-paying jobs. AWC's engineers, technologists, scientists, and building code experts develop state-of-the-art engineering data, technology, and standards on structural wood products for use by design professionals, building officials, and wood products manufacturers to assure the safe and efficient design and use of wood structural components. AWC also provides technical, legal, and economic information on wood design, green building, and manufacturing environmental regulations advocating for balanced government policies that sustain the wood products industry. For more information, visit www.awc.org, or follow us on Twitter: @woodcouncil.

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