Patrick Donahue M.S.

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Professional Title
Research Program Manager, Building Products

Patrick is focused on building materials research to generate near-term commercial outcomes. This building materials focus is overlain with the goal to find new value streams for Minnesota's timber resources, including implementing new wood residues strategies. The work plan includes niche mass timber products using laminated veneer lumber, niche automated light structural framing products using laminated veneer lumber, new chemical-free modified wood technologies, and engineered wood exterior composite products.

Patrick has successfully spun a housing systems technology company out of the University of Minnesota that supports prefabricated housing factories with closed panel designs, machine tool integration, and quality manuals for third-party inspection.


  • M.S. Engineering Management, University of Minnesota Duluth, 2014
  • B.S. Wood Science and Technology, University of Minnesota St. Paul, 1981


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Recent Publications

NRRI News Articles

NRRI’s early research and testing help value-added materials take hold and take off.

Manufacturing association turns to NRRI to test trending wall-mounted cabinets.