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Hammett Named Visiting Professor at the Agricultural and Forestry University in Nepal

April 19, 2017 –

By Tom Hammett

The recently established Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) is the first land-grant institution in Nepal. AFU has just named Tom Hammett as Visiting Professor beginning in March 2017. After his nomination, Hammett completed the year-long review and approval process in the fall of 2016 and the decision was announced in late February. His roles will include guiding graduate students, advising faculty on teaching and learning, and developing collaborative research programs. Currently research and development goals for this collaboration with AFU are to develop ways to produce and use cross laminated timbers (CLTs) in earthquake recovery, and developing research protocols for sustainable production of non-timber forest products.

During the past several years, Tom has been involved in several projects in Nepal and the region, leading faculty research groups and study abroad courses there. His most recent project was to help found and mentor Virginia Tech’s Service Without Borders (SWB) and lead a SWB service learning trip during the summer of 2016 to Nepal to conduct reconstruction work after the earthquakes of 2015. This new position should open up new collaborative research and teaching opportunities for Virginia Tech in a variety of disciplines.

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