Meng Gong

Professor, Innovative Wood Products and Timber Engineering


Forestry and Environmental Management

Forestry/Geology 307

1 506 458 7876

Other titles

Director, Wood Science and Technology

Academic interests

  • Engineered Wood Products
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Wood Construction
  • Wood Mechanics
  • Wood Quality and Modification

Brief biography

Dr. Meng Gong graduated with a BScE and MScE in Wood Science and Technology at Nanjing Forestry University (China), and a PhD (Wood Engineering) at UNB. After he worked as a JSPS Fellow in Kyoto University (Japan), Dr. Gong joined UNB in 2003 as Research Scientist with the Wood Science and Technology Centre (WSTC) and was/is the Director (2008-2011, 2016-present) of WSTC. He was appointed as New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in 2016, leading a 5-year research program in Advanced Wood Products and Construction.

Dr. Gong leads research on wood quality, wood modification, and engineered wood products. He dedicates himself to D&R&D&C of engineered wood products and their uses in construction. Dr. Gong has published more than 140 referred research papers and over 80 technical reports regarding wood technology and engineering. His current research interests include innovative engineered wood products, durable filaments for 3D printing, mobile/fixed tiny wood houses, and life cycle assessment of wood products and timber buildings.

Dr. Gong is the voting member of the Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluations (CCCME), National Research Council (NRC), Canada since 2017. He is also one of nine voting members since 2008 sitting on the Scheme Committee (previous Standing Committee on Technical Evaluations), Canadian Construction Material Centre (CCMC), NRC, and is the only member of expertise in wood products and physically located in Atlantic Canada. In 2015, Dr. Gong was elected as the Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS), an internationally recognized high honour in the wood science community.

Courses taught

  • Wood Technology
  • Manufacturing of Wood Products
  • Structural Performance of Engineered Wood Products
  • Structural Design in Timber
  • Advanced Studies in Wood Science

Selected books and chapters

Gong M. 2022. Engineered wood products for construction. 1st Edition, IntechOpen Ltd., London, UK.

Wei PX, Gong M, and Zhang Y. 2021. The basis of wood utilization. 1st Edition, Forestry Publishing House, Beijing, China. (Note: This is a bilingual textbook in Chinese and English.)

Vladimirova E and Gong M. 2022. Veneer-based engineered wood products in construction. In “Engineered wood products for construction”, IntechOpen Ltd., London, UK.

Gong M. 2021. Wood and Engineered Wood Products: Stress and Deformation. In “Engineered wood products for construction”, IntechOpen Ltd., London, UK.

Gao ZZ and Gong M. 2021. Strand-based engineered wood products in construction. In “Engineered wood products for construction”, IntechOpen Ltd., London, UK.

Gong M. 2019. Lumber-based mass timber products in construction. In “Timber Building and Sustainability”, IntechOpen Ltd., London, UK.

Smith I, Landis E, and Gong M. 2003. Fracture and fatigue in wood. 1st Edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, West Sussex, UK.

Selected journal articles

Zhang DY, Gong M, Zhang SJ, and Zhu XD. 2022. A review of tiny houses in north America: Market demand. Journal of Sustainable Structures 2(1): 000012.

Zhu WR, Li L, Gong M, Chui YH, and Zhou JH. 2021. On-site monitoring of the moisture content of bridge decks made of nail-laminated timbers. ASCE's Journal of Structural Engineering 147(7): 04721005-1.

Zhu WR, Gong M, Chui YH, and Li L. 2021. Improved fastening designs for bridge decks made of mechanically-laminated timber. Journal of Construction and Building Materials 266: 121166.

Zhou JH, Chui YH, Niederwestberg J, and Gong M. 2020. Effective Bending and Shear Stiffness of Cross-Laminated Timber by Modal Testing: Method Development and Application. Composites Part B: Engineering 198: 108225.

Liu Y, Gao ZZ, Ma HW, Gong M, and Wang HH. 2020. Racking performance of poplar LVL frames and frame-shear hybrid walls. BioResources 16(1): 354-371.

Wu TC, Gong M, and Xiao J. 2020. Preliminary sensitivity study on an LCA tool via assessing a hybrid timber building. Journal of Bioresources and Bioproducts 5: 111-116.

Wu GF, Gong M, Gong YC, Ren HQ, and Zhong Y. 2019. Mechanical performance of mortise and tenon joints pre-reinforced with slot-in bamboo scrimber plates. Journal of Wood Science 65: 38-45.

Gong M, Li L, and Chui YH. 2019. Evaluation of bond strength of cross-laminated LSL specimens under short-span bending. Holzforschung 73(8): 789-795.

Olayemi O, Gong M, Chui YH, and Li L. 2019. Flexural properties of downscaled nail-/dowel-laminated timber. Journal of Scientific Research in Multidisciplinary Studies 5(11): 98-104.

Bagheri MM, Doudak G, and Gong M. 2019. Impact of out-of-plane stiffness of the diaphragm on deflection of wood light-frame shear walls. International Journal of Civil and Environmental Engineering 13(7): 359-364.

Gong M and Li L. 2018. Breakeven point in ultimate thickness between moisture-reduced shrinkage and thickness recovery of densified softwood species Part 1: at room temperature. Wood and Fiber Science 50(4): 373-380.

Gong M, Rao SZ, and Li L. 2017. Effects of machining parameters on the surface roughness of joints in manufacturing of structural finger-joined lumber. Journal of Forestry Engineering: 2(4): 10-18.

Li L, Gong M, Chui YH, and Liu Y. 2016. Modelling of the cupping of two-layer laminated densified wood products subjected to moisture and temperature fluctuations: Model application. Journal of Wood Science and Technology 50(1): 39-51.

Wang ZQ, Gong M, and Chui YH. 2015. Mechanical properties of laminated strand lumber and hybrid cross-laminated timber. Journal of Construction and Building Materials 101: 622-627.

Gong M, Delahunty S, and Chui YH. 2014. Influence of number of finger joints per stud on mechanical performance of wood shearwalls. Journal of Construction and Building Materials 50: 335-339.