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On topics non- biometric: The people, places and events that enriched my life. David M. Hyink, Ph.D. ( retired ) Timberlands & Raw Materials R & D Weyerhaeuser Company. Skip the technical issues as much as possible!. Why me? What was fun? What are you glad you did?

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On topics non-biometric: The people, places and events that enriched my life

David M. Hyink, Ph.D. (retired)

Timberlands & Raw Materials R & D

Weyerhaeuser Company


Skip the technical issues as much as possible!

  • Why me?

  • What was fun?

  • What are you glad you did?

  • What are you sorry you missed?

  • What were the useful ideas of the last 40 years (ones that made a difference)?

  • What are the characteristics of the top people?

  • What is your favorite memory of Grosenbaugh, Furnival, etc.

  • What would a young biometrician do well to adopt as a way of thinking/acting?

  • Questions / Comments


Why me?

  • Grosenbaugh, Furnival, Avery, Husch, Beers, Stage

  • First from private sector

  • Weyerhaeuser – 27 years

    • 2 years

    • Myths

    • Not for everyone – proprietary work driven by demand

    • Leader in a strong industry – Implement rapidly & uniquely

    • Seek & speak the truth using the best science possible


Darn near everything!

Bad jokes

Colorful characters

Academic and professional mentors

Professional colleagues

What was fun?


What are you glad you did?

  • Met and married Stephanie Jeffords; produced Jonathan

  • Listened to and acted on good advice

  • Succumbed to Peter Farnum’s “relentless pursuit” and joined Weyerhaeuser Company

  • Helped start the Stand Management Coop

  • Developed and followed a plan to be financially independent at age 55

  • Devoted a minimum of 5% of my personal resources (time, $) to volunteerism


What are you sorry you missed?

  • More time with interesting people – especially international colleagues

  • Working with a more diverse team

  • The joint meeting of the Western Mensurationists and the Western Geneticists


What were some of the useful ideas of the last 40 years(ones that made a difference)?

  • Computers

  • Statistical / numerical packages

  • Permanent plots

  • Growth architectures

  • Parameter recovery

  • Self-referencing curves

  • Integrated fitting

  • Sector Sampling

  • Jedi Warrior Validation


What are the characteristics of the top people?

  • See the “Big Picture”

  • Mentors

  • Life-long learners

    • http://www.wikihow.com/Calculate-Pi-by-Throwing-Frozen-Hot-Dogs

  • Seize opportunities

  • Confident

  • Serve others

  • Multiple interests


What is your favorite memory of Grosenbaugh, Furnival, etc.

  • Grosenbaugh

  • Furnival

  • Stage

  • Moser & Beers

  • Bell

  • Characters: Hegyi, Chambers, Iles, Berglund, Cleveland, Thrower, Fenn, Newton

  • Charley Peterson


Wavy-haired teenage heartthrob – Charley Peterson


What would a young biometrician do well to adopt as a way of thinking/acting?

  • Seek, listen to, and follow good advice

  • Make and follow a sound financial plan

  • Carry adequate insurance – a responsibility

  • Take advantage of development opportunities

  • Give at least 5% of your personal resources to causes you believe in

  • Stay true to the scientific method; follow data

  • Do a good turn daily


Questions / Comments


Joint Western / Midwest Mensurationists – 2009?


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