|COVER: Virginia Tech Packaging Systems and Design student Anthony Clayton (left) along with fellow student participants Amy Selig (Rochester Institute of Technology, center) and Juana Villa (Cal Poly, right) examine packaging at Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota|
By Bob Bush
Packaging System and Design student Anthony Clayton and professor Robert Bush spent a portion of the summer participating in the 2014 Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute industry tour in Minnesota.
By John Bouldin
The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design sponsors several student interns each year. These students are selected based on their leadership potential for the industry and learn research methods for testing packages and unit loads through hands-on participation in the lab.
By Linda CAudill and Henry Quesada-Pineda
Faculty and students from the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials and the Wood-Based Composites Center I/UCRC attended the 2014 International Woodworking Fair & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia in August.
The Marketing and Utilization Unit (M&U) of the USDA Forest Products Laboratory recently held a national planning session for their unit in northern Wisconsin.
By Barry Goodell
Farewell to Dr. Otsuka and Welcome to two others: At the end of September 2014, the Goodell lab group bid farewell to Dr. Yuichiro Otsuka and his family. Dr. Otsuka is a visiting scientist from the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute in Japan and he has worked for the last year on sabbatical leave with Barry Goodell.
By Bob Smith
Graduate students completed their degree requirements this past year.
The wood products industry in Virginia is a critical contributor to the economy of the state, an industry represented by more than 1,000 primary and secondary industries and over $25 billion in economic impact.
The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials (SBIO) at Virginia Tech is one of the leading U.S. academic programs in the field of renewable materials with a focus on cellulosic materials such as wood products. Besides research and teaching efforts, SBIO has an important role in dissemination of new knowledge in the area of renewable materials through SBIO’s three extension specialists.