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Matt Aro

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Professional title

Scientist, Wood Utilization


Matt Aro is a scientist for the Market-Oriented Wood Technology Program. His chief areas of interest are providing product, process, and business concept research and development services to OEMs, entrepreneurs, organizations, and agencies associated with the wood products and natural resources sectors.  He also fosters regional economic development for enterprises that impact the building material and industrial wood markets. Areas of concentration include:

  • Thermal modification of solid and engineered wood products
  • Wood composites
  • Wood materials manufacturing
  • Beneficial use of industrial waste materials


  • 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