Faculty Advisor

Kinicki, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Mathews, Lauren M.

Project Center

Costa Rica


The goal of this study was to investigate the potential of plantation pochote as a source of lumber in the local supply market of Samara, Costa Rica. The team conducted initial interviews and surveys to collect information about both the characteristics of and sentiments towards the wood. Samples of the wood were then provided to a select carpenter for further results, which would indicate if exposure to the wood improved his opinion. Through the analysis of data collected, the team found that although it is not a "luxury" wood, plantation pochote does have many applications. We estimate there to be an increased demand for it in the future due to external market pressures.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology