Dr. Glen Murphy’s contributions to international forest engineering have been many. His focus has been deriving the maximum value from forest products by developing methodologies to improve value recovery along the supply chain. These include optimal log bucking, log merchandizing, wood property detection, log truck scheduling, crew scheduling, truck operations, biomass utilization and harvesting mechanization. His work has appeared in almost 90 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as many other peer-reviewed reports, book chapters, and international conference publications. He has been a sought after speaker at many international conferences. His reach has been global, participating with colleagues on projects in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and throughout Oceania with work experience in 13 countries.
Dr. Murphy has contributed significant professional service including leading or participating on six international teams with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, International Energy Agency Bioenergy Project, FAO/Finland Consultation on Forest Harvest Training in Developing Countries, Systems Analysis for Forest Resources Symposium – Chile, Precision Forestry in Advance Symposium –Australia, and the pan-European FLEXWOOD project.
During Glen’s academic time, in addition to teaching and inspiring undergraduate students, he was a major professor or committee member for than 40 graduate students, many of whom, inspired by Glen’s interests, enthusiasm, and motivation, continue to serve in forest operations and forest engineering throughout academia and industry, including several of the COFE officers.