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Patrick Donahue

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Professional title

Building Products Research Program Manager


Patrick is the Building Products Research Program Manager in the Wood Products and Bioeconomy Initiative at NRRI. He is a wood scientist and engineering manager with 30 years of experience. Product and process development background includes:

  • engineered wood building materials 
  • wood connection systems 
  • modified wood technology
  • cladding
  • fenestration
  • cabinetry
  • interior millwork
  • flooring 

He has extensive machine tool selection experience having attended over 75 national and international industrial wood machine tool trade shows, using his experience to help clients with global sourcing of technology solutions. Patrick accelerates delivery of strategic innovations and long term competitive advantage in specialty material and engineered product industries. He worked to introduce modified wood technologies to North America, leading the early development through the adoption of American Wood Protection published guidance document in 2014.

In 2017 Patrick spun a building systems business called Digital House out of the University of Minnesota to build single family and multifamily homes. As the founder/CEO of Digital House, Patrick has worked diligently to onboard capital and talent. Digital House offers complete engineering services to clients including; the preselection of building systems based on goal and needs; ready to build designs that are 100% close panel; design and implementation of a factory scaled to fit the target market; digital process support detail based on REVIT and Dietrich's formats; development of quality manual to prepare for state or province license submission and site inspections; hands-on factory training at a learning center; trade show travel opportunities; R & D services; and lean manufacturing services.

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