Robert "Bob" Smith, Virginia Tech

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Bob is the Department Head and Associate Dean for Engagement for the College of Natural Resources and Environment.  He is a Professor in Forest Products Business at Virginia Tech.  In his current role, Bob is responsible for the college’s cooperative extension forestry program, international programs, economic development efforts, service learning and other engagement activities for students.  He works closely with the Dean and administrative staff in management of daily activities for the college. 

Bob holds a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Forest Products Marketing, a MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and a B.S. in Wood Science from Michigan Tech.  Bob has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of wood science, business management, and forest products marketing.  He is the Director of the Center for Forest Products Business (a collaborative effort among the forest products industry, state and federal agencies, and the university).  His research efforts have focused in industrial marketing and new opportunities for wood in world markets.  Bob teaching wood products, marketing and sales continuing education courses throughout the US.  Prior to completing his Ph.D., he worked for a major U.S. manufacturer of wood products for 14 years as a production manager and sales representative in the Midwest.

Dr. Bob Smith

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.