A wrecking ball isn’t the end of the line for a house, porch or deck. While the structure itself may cease to exist at this point, the parts that made a whole live on. The wood that composed these buildings often ends up in landfills, and considering the fact that much of today’s commercial wood is treated with a cocktail of environmentally-unfriendly chemicals that are supposed to deter deterioration, that’s the problem. As Dr. Todd Shupe would discover at Louisiana State University, those chemicals are problematic when left to rot away. Given the fact that LSU’s Todd Shupe is an authority on the subject of wood sciences, it’s no wonder that he would go on to make significant contributions to the field.
During his time at LSU, Todd Shupe would develop a way to remove heavy metals from wood that had been treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA). CCA is essentially a copper that protects the wood itself while the arsenic aspect wards off insects. Clearly, such heavy metals and insecticides leeching into the ground couldn’t be good for environmental or human health. To his credit, Todd Shupe holds three U.S. patents and has co-authored some 300 wood science technical publications. As a further testament to his accomplishments, Mr. Shupe has served as an invited speaker at several professional meetings both within the U.S. and in foreign countries. Overall, Todd Shupe’s LSU career focused on overseeing a lab of four scientists who were tasked with testing for new and existing wood-based products as they sought registration approval from the Environmental Protection Agency. This followed the fact that Todd Shupe’s wood sciences Ph.D. came from LSU in 1996.
While his professional career has been hallmarked by great achievements, Todd Shupe has also devoted plenty of time to bettering his Baton Rouge community. This has been accomplished through volunteer work with ministries throughout the region. Some of these entities and programs include United Methodist Men, Walk to Emmaus, Gulf South Men, Iron Sharpens Iron, Grace Camp, Open Air Ministries, Baton Rouge Christian Life Magazine and St. Andrews United Methodist Church. As a participating member of these groups and their programs, Mr. Shupe has taught the children of incarcerated parents how to fish, helped with fundraising efforts and participated in a homeless ministry outreach effort. Taken as a whole, it’s clear to see how Mr. Shupe’s professional skills and personal passions would be a welcome addition to any operation.