John Youngquist & Associates

Consultant Name

John Youngquist


  • Engineering & Manufacturing Support
  • Writing

Contact Information


4046 Windsong Circle
Verona, WI 53593


608-712-7042 (mobile)



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John Youngquist is a registered processional chemical engineer, has training in law and business, worked as a Research Project Leader at the Forest Products Laboratory for 26 years, and for the past 7 years has had a consulting business specializing in communications expertise, grant funding sources, technology transfer and energy from renewable resources. John Youngquist & Associates have skill sets that assist their client's to achieve both short and long range goals. We specialize in scientific and engineering services for small technology firms, small businesses and start-up companies. We emphasize:

• Assistance in the development of high tech products and products based upon science and engineering
• Scientific grant writing utilizing experience with USDA, DOE, DOD, and NIH grant programs with a focus on SBIR and research based initiatives
• Writing or assisting in writing scientific refereed publications, quality control documents, and production specifications
• Creating newsletters, press releases, brochures, articles for trade publications, company newsletters and histories, text for web sites, and E-mail and direct-mail activities


Our BUSINESS FOCUS includes:

Communication Expertise—We have excellent experience in interacting and communicating with diverse audiences ranging from scientists and engineers to the general public. Clients can benefit by having us produce highly professional, easily understandable, and targeted information (i.e., communication documents) for their customers, employees, and investors, and we can write or assist in writing clear specifications and quality control documents.

Grant Funding Sources—Clients can benefit because of our ability to locate and obtain funding for business expansion, new ventures, and on-going product research. We have written nine grants; seven of these have been awarded to our Clients. These grant applications have ranged from $30,000 to over $1,000,000. We work with federal agencies, including U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and several state agencies. We have written several Small Business Innovative Research grant applications for small technology companies.

Technology Transfer—We bring clients a long history of expertise in successful technology transfer activities that results in moving science projects (1) from the basic research stage, (2) to the prototype manufacturing and testing stage, (3) to pilot-scale manufacturing, and (4) to full-scale manufacturing.

Energy from Renewable Resources –Clients will benefit from our knowledge base and experience in research, grant writing and communications in renewable resource areas such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power, biomass technologies, and bio-fuels from a variety of renewable resources like wood, agricultural crops, grasses, etc.


Background Information

John Youngquist, Principal of this firm, and Jean Livingston, Communications Specialist, have many years of successful achievements in the fields of engineering, science and technology, grant funding sources, scientific writing and technology management.  Brief BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES follow.

Professional Experience: Ray-O-Vac Corporation; Technical Manager, Quality Control Manager, and Assistant Plant Manager (1967-1975). Research Project Manager, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1975-1999.

Synopsis: Well-known for pioneering research in the processing of wood and lignocellulosic based composite products, and energy from renewable resources. Owns a consulting business focused on the broad area of engineering, natural resources, and grant writing, with an emphasis on scientific report writing and grant and proposal writing for private companies, non-profit organizations, and state and federal government agencies. Has taught scientific writing for students and professors whose first language is not English. Experienced in writing quality control and production specifications.

Grant Activities:
• As Project Leader at the Forest Products Laboratory, applied for more than 40 federal and state grants with more than a 70% success ratio.
• As President of John Youngquist & Associates, wrote nine natural resource and energy focused grants—seven were awarded.

Publications: 120+ scientific refereed and non-technical. Patents: Six

Awards: USDA Superior Service Awards, 1982, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001; Outstanding Federal Supervisor of the Year, 1991; USDA Forest Service Engineering Manager of the Year, 1993; USDA Forest Service Chief’s Award for Technology Transfer, 1999. Certificates of Merit, Forest Products Laboratory, 1985 through 1997. Distinguished Service Award—International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), 2004.

Education: B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professional Engineering Registration, Wisconsin.
Law, 40 semester hours, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Business Management, 20 semester hours, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Statistics & Advanced calculus, 20 semester hours, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Appointed: Editorial Boards of Journal of Tropical Forest Science (1992-1995), Journal of Tropical Forest Products (1995 and continuing), Drvna Industrija Journal (1994 and continuing), CAB Abstracts (1997-2000).

Professional Associations: Deputy Coordinator and Coordinator of IUFRO
Division 5 on Forest Products; IUFRO Board of Directors (1990-2000); IUFRO Chair of Honors and Awards Committee (1997-2000), IUFRO Chair of Finance Committee (1997-2000); Vice President, President-elect and President of the Forest Products Society (1993-1996); Fellow, International Academy of Wood Science (1996 and continuing).


Education: B.S. Business Management, Journalism Emphasis, Upper Iowa University
35 credits toward MBA, Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin.

Professional Experience: 37 years in Communications and Technology Transfer

Awards: Certificates of Merit 1992-1999; U.S. Department Energy-Champion of Energy Award 2002; USDA Forest Service Chief’s Award for Technology Transfer 2003; USDA Honor Award 2004.

Publications: Served as senior technical writer/editor for 150+ scientific publications submitted to referred journals; authored hundreds of nontechnical publications.

Communications Expertise:

• Technical/Nontechnical
• Annual reports
• Brochures
• Videos
• Exhibits
• Press releases
• Publication Design
• Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
• Communication Plans
• Creating website documents

Grant Activities:
• Helped prepare Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for grant funding agency.
• Wrote text for website announcements of new grant solicitations.
• Served on panel to review grant applications.
• Created communication plan to publicize grant program, grant recipients, and the findings of completed grants.

Technology Transfer:
• Developed and implemented a communication plan to introduce new wood technology that was presented at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
• Member of 3-person team that managed multi-member donations to build a national 2700 ft2 demonstration house for research.
• Organized and planned a national public relations campaign introducing new wood energy technology into rural communities.


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