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Undergraduate Student

Ryan Farmer

Major: Sustainable Biomaterials

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015


I chose to attend Virginia Tech because it’s a well-respected school and presented a lot of opportunities. I transferred from engineering to sustainable biomaterials after I found out how much better it fit my personality. I chose to focus on the residential wood structures option, as the various aspects of residential housing have always been an interest of mine. I have always been passionate about the outdoors and love working with my hands, whether I’m rebuilding engines or working on a variety of woodworking projects. My internship experience in a lumber and kiln drying yard as well as classes and projects have helped me develop my knowledge of wood science.

Valuable business skills can be learned through the Wood Enterprise Institute, and I hope take full advantage of its unique approach to learning. The WEI puts a heavy focus on time and resource management and working as a team with your fellow students. This experience should provide us with a much better sense of how to run a business and every aspect involved in the process. I hope to be part of a successful business and final product.

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