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.
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!
"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.
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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