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Undergraduate Student

Jordan Di Palma

Major: Sustainable Biomaterials

Expected Graduation Date: December 2015


Growing up an hour away from Blacksburg with a mother who is a Hokie, I always knew Virginia Tech was in my future. What I did not anticipate was how much the phrase “natural resources” would come to matter in my life. After being denied acceptance to the College of Engineering, I started wondering if I was heading the right direction or if I would ever attend Virginia Tech. At that time my mother met a former faculty member from the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products who quickly pointed me to his old department, assuring me that the residential wood structures option would be perfect for me.

Nearly four years later I know that faculty member was right. In the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, as it is now known, I have discovered a fantastic opportunity for my future and am incredibly excited for what is to come. I am especially looking forward to what awaits me as part of the Wood Enterprise Institute. In high school I had the opportunity to work on my school’s art and literary magazine all four years, serving as editor-in-chief during my senior year. The collaboration and teamwork involved in that magazine is an experience I hope to make use of while working together this year. I cannot wait to help my teammates create the best product we can.

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