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Undergraduate Student

Smita Sharma

Major: Sustainable Biomaterials

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

  • Minor: Green Engineering

I entered Virginia Tech as a biology major. During the winter of my sophomore year, I participated in the New Zealand Renewable Energy and Sustainability Study Abroad Program, which sparked my interest in natural resources and the environment. After doing research on various majors, I switched to the sustainable biomaterials program and added a minor in green engineering. I walked into classes excited to learn, and the small lecture size made it feasible to interact with students and professors. My grades improved dramatically and after one semester in the program, I received an internship with Atlanta Hardwoods. I gained first-hand experience in both production and business aspects of the forest products market. I am excited to apply this knowledge to help the WEI team overcome challenges and ultimately create a successful business. In the future I hope to incorporate my passion for the environment into the business world to demonstrate that companies can be sustainable, efficient, and prosperous.

In my free time I enjoy playing competitive soccer on the women’s club soccer team, hiking, and spending time outdoors. Much of my time is also devoted to serving as an intern for Virginia Tech’s Office of Energy and Sustainability and to Kappa Delta sorority.

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