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Undergraduate Student

Josh Hertzler

Senior, Wood Science and Forest Products

  • Forest Products Business

I have always enjoyed doing things outside like riding my motorcycle, golf, hunting, fishing, and biking, just to name a few. As a family, we have always liked to camp together at several of our favorite spots like Lake Mumaw. I grew up in Harrisonburg, Virginia where I did two years at Blue Ridge Community College before I transferred to Virginia Tech. I transferred into Virginia Tech as a Business major where I had the chance to take a free elective. I chose to take a Wood Science class with Dr. Zink-Sharp because I have a passion for woodworking. I discovered that there was a Forest Products Business option in the major and knew right away that Wood Science was a perfect fit for what I wanted to do with my life.

While at Virginia Tech, I had the opportunity to travel to Ireland on a study abroad trip that the CNRE provided. In Ireland, I learned many things about their culture, natural resources and their environment. I also had the opportunity to help two students with their senior projects at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Letterfrack. It was a great experience that gave me a new perspective on the world of natural resources and culture. I am a member of the Forest Products club and was a part of the Wood Enterprise Institute in the 2011-2012 school year. My plans for after graduation are still open, but I hope to get a job in the forest products industry.

Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s List
  • Morgan Lumber Company Management Team Scholarship
  • Victor Clay Barringer Endowed Scholarship

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