What is the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials (SBIO) all about?
The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials provides instruction, research, and outreach across a broad range of environmentally related materials, products, and systems. A particular strength is instruction and research in the use of natural, renewable resources to produce innovative materials in a sustainable manner. Our vision statement is “a world without waste, through the advancement of regenerative materials, products, and systems.” We design and build innovative and sustainable products, buildings, packaging, and other materials while minimizing waste and extends beyond physical and technological boundaries.
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.
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.
"Our small class sizes provide extensive interaction between instructors and students. Collaborative team projects are a vital part of every course. Since communication skills are essential in every industry, the packaging science program provides numerous opportunities for every student to advance their presentation and public speaking skills." - Samantha Phanthathousy - SBIO (Packaging Systems and Design major) Graduate
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"I am immensely grateful to the Department and also the College of Natural Resources and Environment. If it were not for the faculty and their passion for the field, I would not be a graduate student today.” - Sara Cerv, SBIO Graduate Student
Read more about Sara here.
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SBIO Main office
310 West Campus Drive
230 Cheatham Hall (0323)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-8853
Fax: (540) 231-8176