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Meet our new students for the Fall Semester

Oct. 4, 2016 –  

By Angela Riegel 

We are very happy to welcome five new graduate students to the department this semester.


Gloria Alvarez Gloria Alvarez

Gloria Alvarez

Gloria Alvarez is from Arlington, VA and she received her undergraduate B.S. degree in Packaging Systems and Design from Virginia Tech in May.  She is currently conducting research on pallets with Dr. Laszlo Horvath.  In her free time her hobbies include cooking, exercise, and occasionally kite flying.




Nathan Gerber Nathan Gerber

Nathan Gerber

Nathan Gerber earned his B.S. in Sustainable Materials and Technology at North Carolina State University. He is currently making a survey to detail the health of the pallet industry while giving companies an incentive to annually update their information. His hobbies include reading sci-fi/fantasy, hiking, fencing sabre, and playing tabletop games.




Cody Wykle Cody Wykle

Cody Wykle

Cody Wykle is a master’s student at Virginia Tech.  He received his undergraduate degree in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials from Virginia Tech last spring. He is working with Dr. Zink-Sharp on a project for a company having issues with "spotty bonds" and "lose face" hickory and maple veneer.  His hobbies include playing games, as well as working out, and spending time with friends and family.  He enjoyed his time here as an undergraduate and looks forward to the next few years.



Soohyung Lee Soohyung Lee

Soohyung Lee

Soohyung Lee is a new PhD. student in Sustainable Biomaterials working with Professor Young Kim.  He received his B.S (Packaging) degree at Yonsei University in South Korea and an M.S. degree (Packaging) at Michigan State University.
His research is not decided, but can be said as 'Enhancement of mechanical properties using natural fiber composites.'


Zack Shiner


Zack Shiner Zack Shiner

After earning a B.S in Wood Science with a focus on packaging, Zack Shiner went to work for Newell Rubbermaid near Charlotte, North Carolina and Wal-mart/Sam’s Club in Bentonville, Arkansas.  He is thrilled about the opportunity to complete his graduate degree.  His research will focus on quantifying the amount of wood waste going to landfills and performing case studies of businesses that have achieved zero wood waste to landfills through diverting materials to be reused, recycled, or repurposed as opposed to ending up in landfills. When not studying, Zack enjoys golf, rugby, finding a good TV series, and singing in the car.


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Fall 2016


Upcoming Events

  • Forest Products Exports 2016

October 17-18, 2016 in Charleston, SC.

  • The Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry

Conference to be held November 2 - 3, 2016 at the Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) in Princeton, WV.
For more details and registration, please visit the web site



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