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We are seeking applicants for our Packaging Systems & Design Assistant Professor position

Brooks Center, Sustainable Biomaterials Department

Brooks Center, Sustainable Biomaterials Department

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

Tyler Matusevich

Tyler Matusevich
Tyler Matusevich

Since graduating from Virginia Tech’s packaging science program in 2013, I have held multiple positions in the sustainable packaging industry and received a M.S. in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech in 2015. My experience in the packaging program gave me the foundation to pursue my career and enabled me to grow into the position I’m in today. In my role leading sustainability at Brook + Whittle, I get to work across all stakeholders, ranging from developing our sustainability strategy to working on innovative and sustainable label and packaging solutions to help brands meet their ambitious sustainable packaging targets. Packaging is a large industry with a significant environmental footprint that we must solve as quickly as possible. The reality is that we are behind on curbing climate change. However, I’m optimistic with the next generation of packaging students and peers that we can cut emissions at scale to create a sustainable future.  Go Hokies!

Student Showcase

Alonda Johnson
Alonda Johnson

Alonda believes that the most helpful aspect of the SBIO Department is her close relationship with the professors. She explained “my high school was extremely small, I graduated with a little over 30 people, so I am used to being close to all my classmates and teachers. Once becoming a part of the Packaging program, I quickly realized how similar of a feeling I got. I am a first-generation student, so I am unable to ask my family for advice on applying to graduate school or how I’m even supposed to navigate the world once as a college graduate. In turn, the professors here have become a large resource for me in trying to understand the steps I needed to go through in order to achieve my goals as well as helping me with developing expectations I should have for myself in order to be successful.” 

Read more about Alonda 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