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Introducing our new courses for 2021-2022

New courses

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.

Sustainable Biomaterials Degree

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.  

Packaging Systems and Design Degree

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.

Alumni Showcase

Zach Cogan

Zach Cogan
Zach Cogan

The packaging program at Virginia Tech is unique in that students are provided with practical knowledge and experiences that have real-world application.  The value I obtained from completing coursework in packaging science didn’t cease on the date of my graduation.  Throughout the course of my career, I’ve regularly relied upon my relationships with the program’s professors and Virginia Tech packaging alumni to help me solve problems and devise solutions for my customers.  A career in the packaging industry is almost unparalleled given the vast amount of opportunity and diversity of options that exist.  Packaging is all around us and not only functions to protect products but can serve as a medium for advertising too.  Developing the next generation of packaging with sustainability in mind is equally challenging, fun, and rewarding.  Go Hokies!

Student Showcase

Kiara Scott

Kiara Scott
Kiara Scott

"The close-knit community, college and department events, and the amazing professors and staff have created such a welcoming environment that I’m sure is unlike any other at VT” - Kiara Scott, SBIO Student

Read more about Kiara here.


Learn more about SBIO


Laszlo Horvath, Asst Professor of Practice, and students, Sustainable Biomaterials, Brooks Forest Products Center. Pallets and packaging.

Dorina Bugledits

Planning a visit

SBIO Main office

310 West Campus Drive
230 Cheatham Hall (0323)
Blacksburg, VA  24061
Phone: (540) 231-8853
Fax: (540) 231-8176

Brooks Forest Products Center

1650 Research Center Drive (0503)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: (540) 231-7107
Fax: (540) 231-8868
sbio@vt.edu