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Eva Haviarova

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Associate Professor of Wood Products
FPRD Room 111A
175 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eva Haviarova is presently Assistant Professor of Wood Products Engineering and Furniture Strength Design in Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University. She is responsible for teaching “Furniture and Cabinet Design and Manufacturing” and “ World Forests and Society” courses.

Dr. Haviarova is conducting research in areas of Furniture Strength Design and Product Engineering; Direction for Emerging Furniture Design Challenges; Design and Development of Low Cost Furniture for Underprivileged; and Frame Design for Upholstered Furniture. Through her outreach activities she is working on forest products industry promotion projects. She is also a director of The Wood Research Laboratory. She authored or coauthored more than 45 publications and over 70 professional presentations on the subject of forest products, furniture design, and manufacturing.

Dr. Haviarova received her M.S. in Wood Processing & Furniture Design in 1992 from the Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia , where she researched alternative natural materials and taught a course of aesthetic principles and use of natural materials in furniture production. After completing her Master's degree, she worked as an Industrial Engineer in a French-Slovak joint venture furniture company where she was in charge of scheduling production and quality control. She also received a Ph.D. in Furniture Design & Manufacturing from Purdue University. She designed, built, tested, and structurally analyzed school furniture for production and use in developing countries. She researched practical and environmentally friendly solutions for use of wood materials and their residues for furniture construction.

Research Group - Wood Products and Wood Products Manufacturing

Facilities - Wood Research Laboratory

Related Centers - Indiana Forest Products CommunityPurdue Center for Regional Development

Purdue Extension FNR Extension


Forest Products Industry Assistance

Emerging Furniture Design Challenges and Product Development

Small Diameter Timber Utilization and Product Development


FNR 419 Furniture Cabinet Design and Manufacture (spring, 3 cr.)

FNR 230 The World’s Forests and Society (fall, 3 cr.), see instructions below to view description. 

FNR 498 Forestry and Forest Products in Latin America (spring, 1 cr.), see instructions below to view description.

To view course descriptions and credit hours go to Purdue Course Listing and place - Subject: FNR, College: College of Agriculture, Department: Forestry and Natural Resources and click "Get Courses".

Awards & Honors

(2009) President’s Award. Indiana Hardwood Lumbermens Association.

(2017) Faculty Engagement Scholar Award. Purdue’s Office of Engagement.

(2017) Richard L. Kohls Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Purdue University.

(2008) Elected Board Director, Society of Wood Science and Technology. Society of Wood Science and Technology.

(2008) Elected Chair, Ohio Valley Section of Forest Products Society. Ohio Valley Section of Forest Products Society.

(2008) Elected Regional Board Member, Forest Product Society East Central Section. Forest Product Society.

(2004) The 2004 Under the Cover Upholstery Design Contest. Upholstery Design and Management.

(2000) Woodworkers Helping Others - Humanitarian Award. 2000 Midvest Extravaganza, Michgan.

Selected Publications

Haviarova, E., & Quesada, H. (2017). Tvrdé dřevo ze Severní Ameriky a jeho možnosti využití ve východní Evropě (North American Hardwoods and Their Possible Use in Eastern Europe)

Uysal, M., Haviarova, E., & Eckelman, C. (2014). Furniture Design and Product Development Principles Considering End-of-Life Options and Design for Environment Strategies. Sustainable Resources and Technology for Forest Products, 8.

Haviarova, E., Eckelman, C., & Warner, D. (2014). How to Build a Simple Chair for Schools or Homes in Disadvantaged Areas of the World Using Local Resources and Low-End Technology. (FNR-499-W), 6. Retrieved from

Haviarova, E., & Quesada, H. (2014). Incorporating Experiential Learning and Education for Sustainable Development into Study Abroad Programs. Sustainable Resources and Technology for Forest Products, 8.

Quesada, H., & Haviarova, E. (2014). Learning Sustainability through Study Abroad Programs. Natural Science Education, Vol. 43, :1-10.

Haviarova, E., & Eckelman, C. (2014). Light-Timber Frames for Transitional Disaster-Relief Housing. (FNR-493-W), 6. Retrieved from

Haviarova, E., Bois, J., & Quesada, H. (2013). Development of Optimal Forest Products Supported by LCA. International Scientific Conference of Hardwood Processing, Florence Italy, 6.

Kasal, A., Haviarova, E., Efe, H., Eckelman, C., & Erdil, Y. (2013). Effect of adhesive type and tenon size on bending moment capacity and rigidity of t-shaped furniture joints constructed of Turkish beech and scots pine. Wood and Fiber Science, 45(3), 287-293.

Koreny, A., Simek, M., Eckelman, C., & Haviarova, E. (2013). Mechanical Properties of Knock-down Joints in Honeycomb Panels. BioResources, 8(4), 4873-4882. Retrieved from

Licos, E., Haviarova, E., Eckelman, C., Erdil, Y., & Ozcifci, A. (2012). Effect of Tenon Geometry, Grain Orientation, and Shoulders on Bending Moment Capacity of Mortise and Tenon Joints. Wood and Fiber Science, 43(4), 462-469.

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