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SBIO at IWF Atlanta, 2016

Oct. 4, 2016 –  

By Gaurav Kakkar

The International Woodworking Fair (IWF), 2016 hosted at Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia from August 24- 27 was a perfect venue showcasing the industry. Scheduled every two years, it is one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodworking, and custom and general woodworking industries with over 1000 exhibitors. This was a perfect venue for suppliers, manufactures, innovators and entrepreneurs to see the latest advancements in the industry.


SBIO at IWF Atlanta Associate professor Henry Quesada (from left to right), graduate students Gaurav Kakkar, Jeremy Withers, Christa Stables, Guigui Wan and Linda Caudill Managing Director, Wood-Based Composites Center.

Faculty members Bob Smith, Henry Quesada and Linda Caudill, and graduate students Christa Stables, Guigui Wan, Gaurav Kakkar and research associate Jeremy Withers from the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials and the Wood-Based Composites Center represented Virginia Tech show- casing advanced research and educational activities being undertaken. The “Cookie” from an over 314 years old white oak tree from the presidents’ grove was the highlight of the booth. The historic reference and the timeline of events marked on it helped visitors to appreciate all that the tree had seen. The project exhibits from Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI) demonstrated the importance of hands on training incorporated in the programs both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The visitors were also told about the diversity of programs being offered at the department. The nature of leading research ranging from plant sciences to mechanical applications, from renewable energy to business improvements and expansions were demonstrated. Over 200 visitors were informed about the programs and opportunities being offered at the department.
SBIO works closely with the industry. New potential opportunities for extension activities under the Center for Forest Products Business and the academia industry collaborations under the Wood Based Composites Center were also identified. Prof. Urs Buehlmann led  five sessions covering different aspects of the wood industry’s competitiveness and future growth.
It was a perfect opportunity to promote the program to both potential students and industrial collaborations. It was also a significant opportunity for the graduate students to interact with people from the industry and learn more about the growth and future of the wood industry. And as always, the “GO HOKIES” shout out from the people passing by was enough to get everyone’s attention.

Fall Newsletter 2016

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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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