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Undergraduate Student

Derek Robords

Major: Sustainable Biomaterials

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015


I knew I wanted to come to Virginia Tech, but I had no idea what I wanted to do. I entered freshman year with the goal of engineering, but I didn’t know what specific field I wanted to focus in. I then learned about the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials when I took Dr. Loferski’s Introduction to Wood Science and Forest Products course.

My father owns a small construction company, and I have always been interested in woodworking and building. I fell in love with the department and officially transferred in the spring of my sophomore year. I couldn’t have asked for a more rewarding and all-around outstanding experience in this department.

Since joining the department, my woodworking skills have largely developed. Throughout my entire junior year, I assisted in the woodshop, milling and constructing various projects for the woodshop manager. I was placed as a lead on one of my father’s construction projects for a summer, completing all trim and interior finishing work on the Silverback Distillery in Afton, Virginia. I also build corn-hole boards in my free time.

Due to my experience with woodworking, I would like to be a leader in the production process in the Wood Enterprise Institute. I think this is the best fit for me on the team. I feel that by taking on this responsibility I could increase my own personal knowledge and skills while somewhat “coaching” other teammates in the production process and helping them develop their production management skills as well.

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