Carl Houtman is a research chemical engineer with the United States Forest Service. He is stationed at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin. The FPL is the only national laboratory in the United States focused on improving the utilization of our nation’s wood resource. Carl leads efforts in biorefining wood to chemicals, development of recycling compatible adhesives for paper labels, and fungal pretreatment of wood before papermaking. Since joining the FPL in 1991, he has also developed expertise in paper recycling, wood biogenesis, wood molecular structure, and fungal biology. The theme that connects these diverse areas of study is the desire to respect the marvelous resource that trees provide. Carl holds a BChE and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He also did post-doctoral work at the Institut de Catalyze in Lyon, France. Carl has a close association with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has, given many seminars, taught courses in the Chemical Engineering Department and supervised several graduate students.