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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

Mackenzie McMillan

Mackenzie McMillan
Mackenzie McMillan

In my role as a Packaging Engineer at Diageo, I have the opportunity to support a variety of innovation and supply optimization programs in the beverage alcohol industry. This role allows me to work with and test many different packaging mediums that run across various manufacturing and bottling sites. Through the commercialization process, we work to deliver quality, innovative, and sustainable packaging by developing and executing qualifications of packaging components. It is rewarding to be able to work on global leading brands and to see your projects through from initial scope to a commercialized product on shelf. I could not have asked for a better collegiate experience than I had with the Packaging Systems and Design Program at Virginia Tech. The unique curriculum and opportunities it provided enabled me to obtain a position that aligned to my career aspirations and will allow me to continue to develop professionally in the packaging industry. Go Hokies!

Student Showcase

Kevin Mikita
Kevin Mikita

"I chose Virginia Tech because of the beautiful campus, amazing professors, and small-school feel each major creates. The Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment brings excellent professors and diverse subjects together to create a unique experience for students." Kevin Mikita, SBIO Student

Read more about Kevin 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