Prof. Dr. Ilker USTA
Professor Ilker Usta is a researcher who articulated the theoretical construct of woodlover approach by highlighting the novel term “woodlover” on the basis of the innovation, and introduced the concept of woodloverness into the areas of wood science and wood technology by the complementary explanations with the thematic writings titled “Depictions on Wood”. Ilker Usta received his BSc degree and MSc degree in Wood Products Industrial Engineering from Hacettepe University in Ankara (Turkey) in 1990 and 1993, and earned his PhD in Wood Science (School of Agriculture and Forestry) from the University of Wales-Bangor (UK) in 1997. He has been working in the Department of Wood Products Industrial Engineering within the School of Vocational Technology at Hacettepe University since 1990 and has carried out numerous researches in the field of Wood Physics with the priority of Wood Protection. In this context, Ilker Usta realized a short-term scientific research project supported by IRG (International Research Group on Wood Protection) in 2004 at the Faculty of Forestry (University of Zagreb) in Zagreb (Croatia), and completed his post-doctoral study supported by MIF (Matsumae International Foundation) in 2004 at the Institute of Wood Technology (Akita Prefectural University) in Noshiro City (Japan). Professor Ilker Usta nowadays gives wood-themed lectures in terms of the acceptation and internalization of wood (which is a renewable natural material derived from trees grown through sustainable forestry activities, and has made a great contribution to the development of civilization as an important entity that meets the needs and requirements of people alone or together with other materials throughout human history) as a valuable object due to its versatility and functionality (thanks to its anatomical structure, chemical composition, physical properties, and mechanical properties) within the elective courses “Educational Wooden Toys” and “Importance of Wood in Intercultural Interaction” which both were designed as the new courses in the process of updating the curriculum of the department of Wood Products Industrial Engineering within the scope of the Bologna Process in 2013 and were provided to the students of Hacettepe University in the Elective Courses Unit under the responsibility of the School of Vocational Technology.