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Wood Enterprise Institute (WEI)

The WEI strives to be recognized and respected as a leading student-learning environment for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The WEI experience creates value by providing “hands-on” learning that only comes through involvement in leading and managing real day-to-day business production operations.

Wood Enterprise Institute 2015-16 Entrepreneurial Scholarship Recipients

Previous Cohorts

WEI Faculty Leader

  •     Headshot of Earl Kline
  • D. Earl Kline
  • Professor
  • (540) 231-8841
  • Brooks Forest Products Center (0503)
    1650 Ramble Road
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Every year, the scholarship seeks up to 8 exemplary students who will participate in leadership roles to collaboratively manage the WEI program.

Learn more about this great scholarship opportunity!

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WEI 2015-16 Product

One-of-a-kind Custom Table

Made from a 314-year-old white oak tree that came from The Grove.


3D rendering of a 314-year-old white oak custom table. This year’s team has acquired a 314-year-old white oak tree, which had succumbed to disease, from The Grove, the Virginia Tech president’s residence. The team plans to design, craft, and sell three or four custom tables, each of which will highlight a date in the tree’s history, identified by its growth rings, and correspond that date to a significant historical event, such as the founding of Virginia Tech in 1872.

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A WEI first!

The Wood Enterprise Institute earned a record profit for its 2014 product, a maple and cherry laser-engraved cutting board.

25th Anniversary

Celebrating 25 Years

    1992 through 2017, 25 years

Join us Sept. 15-16 to visit campus and reconnect with alumni, faculty, staff, and friends.

Celebrate with Us

Read the Summer Newsmagazine

    CNRE Newsmagazine Spring 2017

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We have 11 majors for you to choose from with over 10 options to specialize in. Select yours now and join us in bringing the future to nature.