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Greetings from Virginia Tech,

Aug. 6, 2012 – The students are HERE!! And the campus is gearing back up to full throttle after a busy summer of research, meetings, summer classes, and a bit of vacation too. Classes do not start until next week, but the campus is a hive of activity with students and their parents unloading U-Hauls of gear into dorms. You just have to wonder how they fit it all in one dorm room! (It seems like things were simpler in the old days ;-)

Our student enrollments in the Sustainable Biomaterials department continue to grow with 71 students even before we start the semester. Residential Wood Construction is still one of our most popular Options, but all of the Options are growing and we know that this trend will continue. Packaging Science is still small, but there has been lots of interest from new students. All of the faculty and our students have been doing a tremendous job in “marketing” the new department name and our options, and there are many positive things happening for our students. 

One of the most exciting Professional activities this summer for our students was the Forest Products Society meetings in Washington, DC. It was great to see the “Wood Science Bowl” competition this year with “Team Quercus” from Virginia Tech taking first place using their extensive knowledge of wood science and a little creative strategy as well. Congratulations to Shawn Crawford, Jeff Dolan, Qingqing Li and Johanna Madrigal. Their teamwork and the fact that they each had a different sub-specialty in the field of sustainable biomaterials and wood science was the key to their success. They did an outstanding job against some very stiff competition from Oregon State and several other great schools.


Students Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech


There’s lots of other good information inside the newsletter, so please take a look. As always, we want to hear from you, our alumni and friends. Let us know how you are doing and if you have news events that we should know about or just want to say Hello, please jot us an email or a letter. We value your support and look forward to input on how we can make the department serve students and the public in even better ways.

Sincerely, Barry Goodell Head,

Department of Sustainable Biomaterials



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