Associate Professor

Building and Construction Technology

R: J.W. Olver Design Building, room 316
T: 413-545-1884

Links: clouston_CV

Primary Interests

Dr. Clouston has been working in the field of structural wood design and engineering for almost 30 years. She teaches courses in structural timber design, bio-based composites and material mechanics/tectonics to architects, engineers, and construction technologists. Author of more than 60 publications, she conducts research on the structural behavior and efficient use of bio-based composite materials. Current research topics include CLT panels from low-value eastern species, timber-concrete composite floor systems, and laminated veneer bamboo connections.

Dr. Clouston is a registered professional engineer (EGBC) and serves as Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. She recently led the design, engineering, and construction of a large student design/build project that culminated in the construction of a Massive Timber Dome (30ft x 30ft) on the plaza of the UMass Fine Arts Center. She is also founder/coordinator of the UMass Wood Structures Symposium.


  • Cross Laminated Timber Panels from Low-value Northeastern Woods
  • Computational Modeling of Mechanical Properties of Structural Composite Lumber
  • Timber-Concrete Composite Floor Systems
  • The Effect of Grain Angle on Dowel Bearing Strength of Laminated Veneer Bamboo
  • Bio-based Composites for Offshore Wind Turbine Blades

Courses Taught

  • ARCH-DES 650 – Tectonics II (on Moodle)
  • BCT 397B – Design and Construction of a Timber Bridge
  • BCT 530 – Mechanics of Building Materials for Construction (on Moodle)
  • BCT 540 – Design of Wood Structures (on Moodle)
  • BCT 597F – Wood Design Studio/Bio-based Building

Selected Publications

(see clouston_CV for more)

Kaboli, H, & Clouston, PL. 2018. “Eastern Hemlock in Bamboo-Reinforced Glulam.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 31(1), 04018335

Khoshbakht N, Clouston PL, Arwade SR, Schreyer AC. 2018. “Evaluation of ASTM D5764 Dowel Connection Tests for Laminated Veneer Bamboo (LVB)” ASTM Journal of Testing and Evaluation, in press

Al-Sammari, AT, Clouston, PL, & Breña, SF.  2018. “Finite-Element Analysis and Parametric Study of Perforated Steel Plate Shear Connectors for Wood–Concrete Composites.” Journal of Structural Engineering, 144(10), 04018191.

Khoshbakht N, Clouston PL, Arwade SR, & Schreyer AC. 2017. “Computational Modeling of Laminated Veneer Bamboo Dowel Connections.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering30(2), 04017285.

Koh RS, and Clouston PL. 2017. “In-Plane Shear Properties of Laminated Wood from Tension and Compression Tests of Angle-Ply Laminates.” Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 29(11), 04017214.

Amini A, Arwade SR, & Clouston PL. 2017. “Modeling the Effect of Void Shapes on the Compressive Behavior of Parallel-Strand Lumber.” ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, 29(9), 04017129.

Witayakran S., Smitthipong W., Wangpradid R., Chollakup R., Clouston P. 2016. “Natural Fiber Composites: Review of Recent Automotive Trends.”. In: Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering, Saleem Hashmi (Editor-in-Chief), Oxford. Elsevier; p.1-9

Brojan L., Weil B., Clouston P. 2015. “Air Tightness of Straw Bale Construction.” Journal of Green Building, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 99-113

Amini A., Arwade SR., Clouston P, Rattanaserikiat S. 2014. “Characterization and Probabilistic Modeling of the Mesostructure of Parallel Strand Lumber” ASCE – Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)MT.19435533.0001116

Brojan, L., Clouston, P. 2014. “Effect of Plaster Type and Loading Orientation on Compression Behavior of Straw Bales for Construction”. Journal of Engineering & Applied Sciences,9(9)

Disén, K. and Clouston P. 2014. “Building with Bamboo: a Review of Culm Connection Technology.” Journal of Green Building, 8(4), 83-93

Yang Z, Clouston P, and Arwade S R. 2014. “Torsional Shear Strength and Size Effect in Laminated Veneer Lumber,” Advances in Civil Engineering Materials, Vol.3, No. 1, pp. 1–11

Clouston P and Quaglia C. 2013. “Experimental Evaluation of Epoxy based Wood-Concrete Composite Floor Systems for Mill Building Renovations.” International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Vol. 3, pp.63-74, ISSN: 2154-8587

Yang Z, Clouston P, Schreyer A. 2013. “Torsional Shear Tests on Laminated Veneer Lumber using a Universal-type Test Machine” ASCE, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 25, Iss. 12, pp. 1979 – 1983

Clouston P, Schreyer A. 2012. “Experimental Evaluation of Connector Systems for Wood Concrete Composite Floor systems in Mill Building Renovations.” Common Ground: International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.131-144.

Mahdavi M, Clouston P, Arwade S. 2012. “A Low-technology Approach toward Development of Laminated Bamboo Lumber”, Elsevier: Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 29, pp. 257–262

Mahdavi M, Clouston P, Arwade S. 2011. “Development of Laminated Bamboo Lumber: a review of processing, performance and economical considerations.” ASCE, Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, Vol. 23, No. 7, July 1, pp. 1036-1042

Reed T, Clouston P, Hoque S, Fisette P. 2010. “An analysis of LEED and BREEAM assessment methods for educational institutions.” Journal of Green Building, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1-23

Arwade S, Winans R, Clouston P. 2010. “Variability of the compression strength of parallel strand lumber.” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 136, No. 4, April 1, pp. 405-412

Arwade S, Clouston P, Winans R. 2009. “Measurement and stochastic computational modeling of the elastic properties of parallel strand lumber.” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Vol. 135, No.9, 2009, p. 897-905

Clouston P, Schreyer A. 2008. “Design and Use of Wood-Concrete Composites”. ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, 13(4), pp. 167-175

Clouston P. 2007. “Characterization and Strength Modeling of Parallel Strand Lumber”. Journal Holzforschung, Vol. 61, pp. 394-399

Clouston P and Schreyer A. 2006.” Wood Concrete Composites: A Structurally Efficient Material Option”. Civil Engineering Practice. Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCE) Section / American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Spring/Summer 2006, pp. 5-22

Clouston P, Bathon L, Schreyer A. 2005. “Shear and Bending Performance of a Novel Wood-Concrete Composite System”. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering. 131(9), pp.1404-1412

Ph.D. Thesis , “Computational Modeling of Strand-based Wood Composites”, Department of Wood Science, University of British Columbia , 2001