Matt Aro

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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