FCMF grieves the loss of a great friend, colleague, mentor and collaborator. Leland (Lee) Slaven our most valuable partner passed away suddenly on December 05, 2021. Lee was a long-standing collaborator with UT, IACMI and ORNL in the area of bio-composites, particularly bamboo based economy. Lee worked with and mentored numerous FCMF graduate and undergraduate students & staff in his capacity as the Chief Technical Officer for Resource Fiber. Lee worked closely with a broad range of technologies ranging from truck trailer bamboo composite decking, railroad ties, ballistic infrastructure panels, automotive to sporting goods. We will miss him dearly. Thank you Lee for being a great friend, well-wisher and mentor.