The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design here at Virginia Tech offers multiple graduate assistantships which provide a $22,000 annual stipend and fully cover Virginia Tech tuition.
Selected graduate students will pursue their graduate degree through the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials and will research how to improve the sustainability of the global supply chain through the better designing of pallets, unit loads, and distribution packaging. Historical research focused on the interaction between corrugated packages and wooden pallets, the effects of load bridging on the strength and stiffness of pallets, Life-Cycle analysis of the pallet recycling process, and understanding how the properties of wood affects the strength and stiffness of pallets.
Students selected for an assistantship will have the opportunity to gain practical, industrial, and management experience by working for the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design as a Graduate Laboratory Manager, and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Center’s labs and for overseeing the work of the undergraduate students.
Click below to learn about the Graduate Assistantships open for Spring 2020!