What is the field of Sustainable Biomaterials (SBIO) all about?
The field of sustainable biomaterials is about the use of natural, renewable resources to produce innovative materials and bioenergy in a sustainable manner. It is a blend of science, engineering, and business enterprises.
A field with great career opportunities where you can make a difference. There is a growing need to make products more “green” and renewable resources such as wood and other biomaterials provide a natural way to design and build innovative and sustainable products for our future.
Within this Degree you can choose the following tracks:
If you are looking for a creative, interesting, and always changing field, then you are needed in Packaging Systems and Design. Packaging design includes many different aspects of the use of sustainable materials and biomaterials in packaging for transportation, storage, and delivery of products.
"Get as much experience as you can in your field through internships. Also, take advantage of projects and collaborations with colleagues and industry members outside of the classroom. These team experiences helped me understand the industry and to work with my colleagues to solve issues. I've been able to go on the amazing study abroad trips that were led by SBIO faculty to Costa Rica and Ireland, but was also able to take a whole semester to live and study abroad in New Zealand independently. All of these trips have been amazing growth experiences and have enhanced my global perspective of the importance of sustainable biomaterials." - Alison Bird, SBIO Graduate
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This past year working at the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design has been a unique professional experience. My own background comes from wood science so being introduced to the world of packaging and pallets has truly changed the way that I view simple things such as an Amazon Prime Package that magically shows up at my door a few days after ordering. I've been lucky enough to learn about different tools that are used by packaging engineers that not only have economic impact but also impact the environment and worker safety.
The projects that we work on in the lab are products that affect our very own daily lives and the lives of many others who are involved in the supply chain. Packaging and the supply chain were interesting concepts to me before I began my masters, but now I understand that they're far more complex and parts of a truly amazing world that has an infinite number of moving parts and people. Working in a lab that focused on these topics and concepts has been personally enriching and professionally impactful. - Mary Alvarez Valverde, M.S. Graduate Student
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310 West Campus Drive
230 Cheatham Hall (0323)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8853
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