Todd Shupe’s Wood Science Education Put To Use During Overseas Aid Missions

“Practice what you preach.” It’s a common refrain that, while seemingly rooted in religion, isn’t always tied back to its roots. However, this mindset is what Todd Shupe has carried around with him on a daily basis given his educational background and devotion to the Christian faith. That’s because Todd Shupe is a former LSU professor with an extensive background in wood sciences.

Specifically, he oversaw a lab of four scientists at  Louisiana State University and was responsible for lab testing, contracts, final reports, working with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and more. This position came after earning his bachelors of science from the University of Illinois in forestry in 1992pw, a master

of sciences degree in wood sciences in 1994 and his Ph.D. in wood science in 1996. His more than two decades of research into wood science has also allowed Todd Shupe to be called an expert witness in legal cases that  had wood as a possible factor.“Todd directed a quality academic testing lab with an industrial sense of urgency,” Mike Freeman, a Memphis, Tennessee-based consultant, said.

As for the Christian lifestyle that former LSU professor Todd Shupe has led, his documented work as a volunteer with  Louisiana-area faith-based institutions have included teaching the children of incarcerated parents how to fish, ministering to the homeless in Baton Rouge, volunteering with Christian Life Magazine and helping out with internal church functions. He was also database coordinator for Gulf Men South and past chairman of the St. Andrew’s United Methodist board of trustees.

Where these two characteristics intersect – and how former LSU professor Todd Shupe indeed practices what he preaches – is the fact that he made more than a dozen overseas trips to help out the victims of Hurricane Mitch. The 1998 storm that struck the Honduras region spurred Todd Shupe to lend his knowledge of Earth-friendly construction methods to help improve the lives of the less fortunate. During his trips, he traveled with an LSU team to help re-establish and improve the local wood products industry in Honduras. This effort was a natural move for Shupe, who was uniquely positioned to provide insight, advice, guidance and general oversights of an industry that he held three degrees in. Should your own endeavor require the assistance of someone who has a background in environmentally-friendly construction or wood sciences, bringing aboard Todd Shupe as a consultant is a wise move.

About the Author:

Todd Shupe is the President of and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and building materials, wood decay and degradation, and wood science. Shupe worked as a professor and lab director at LSU for over 20 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog Todd is the President of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, and Board Member for Gulf South Men and a Team Leader for The Kingdom Group. He is a volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, and Iron Sharpens Iron. Todd is a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men and is in training to be a Certified Lay Minister through the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.