Scholar of the Week

Audrey Zink-Sharp

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Audrey Zink-Sharp, a professor and associate department head in the department of sustainable biomaterials, for her research into developing improved wood fiber composites and incorporating the influences of forest management into wood quality and variability.

Scholar of the Week for March 20, 2017: Audrey Zink-SharpZink-Sharp studies the wood anatomy − the intricate, 3-D cellular structure of wood. Her areas of expertise include quantitative wood anatomy, micro-mechanics, video microscopy for strain measurement, and forest ecological disturbances and wood anatomy. She was the coordinator of Wood Magic at Virginia Tech, a natural resource education program that reached over 10,000 children, teachers, guests, and volunteers during its 16 years of operation.

She is a Fellow of the Society for Wood Science and Technology, an international organization dedicated to advancing the profession of wood science. She was the first female to receive this honor.

She teaches undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education classes in sustainable biomaterial cell structure, properties, and processing.

Zink-Sharp received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University and her doctorate from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

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The goals of the Scholar of the Week are to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Recognition is based on research and/or scholarship.

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  • Send nominations to: Srinath Ekkad, Associate Vice President for Research Programs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.