Matt Aro M.S.

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Professional Title
Research Program Manager, Forest Products

Project Manager, Matthew Aro is a Research Program Manager of Wood Products at the University of Minnesota Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). Since his start with the NRRI, he has worked on a broad spectrum of applied research projects, often conducted in cooperation with private industry, dealing with wood- and natural fiber-based materials. He regularly interacts and collaborates with public and private sector professionals and academicians in the wood products field. Project collaborators have included state agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the private sector (both in the U.S. and abroad). Much of this work has focused on advancing industrial development of thermally modified wood in the U.S.


  • M.S. Natural Resources Science and Management, University of Minnesota, 2018
  • M.S. Management of Technology, University of Minnesota, 2009
  • B.S. Broad Field Science, University of Wisconsin-Superior, 2001


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Towards prospective sustainability life cycle assessment

3 years 8 months ago
Towards prospective sustainability life cycle assessmentClarke-Sather, A. R., Nolan, D., Mamun, S., Schoff, P., Aro, M. & Ulrich, B., 2020, 25th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DFMLC). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), V006T06A024. (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; vol. 6).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution

Featured Research Projects

Demonstration of a Thermally Modified Eastern Larch Boardwalk to Catalyze New Markets for Low-value Timber.

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