Frequently Asked Questions


The Adhesion Science Short Course is a one-week lecture and laboratory course taught by Virginia Tech professors for anyone who produces or utilizes adhesives and sealants. This short course is run through Continuing and Professional Education, and it comes with 3.2 CEUs.

Topics presented in this course include:

  • Adhesives and Polymer Design Parameters
  • Adhesives, Sealant, and Waterborne Rheology
  • Adsorption on Surfaces/Surface Energy
  • Classes of Adhesive Structure and Synthetic Methods
  • Stresses in Bonded Joints
  • Surfaces and Surface Preparation
  • Fracture of Adhesive Bonds
  • Viscoelasticity and Applications to Adhesives
  • Adhesive Test Methods
  • Analysis of Surfaces
  • Free Volume and DSC
  • Dynamic Mechanical Methodology
  • PSA Performance and Testing
  • Accelerated Characterization
  • Frontiers in Adhesion Science
  • Wood Adhesion
  • Durability and Design

Past participants are often scientists or engineers working with adhesives or sealants in industry or government labs. No prior experience in adhesives or polymers is required. If you are unsure if you would be a fit for this course, please contact Andrew Tie at or 540-231-3704. 

There is a maximum of 30 participants for this short course.

This short course is taught by eight of Virginia Tech’s top adhesion science professors, all affiliated with the Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII), Virginia Tech’s polymer program.

  • Dr. Michael Bortner, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Dr. Richey Davis, Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Dr. Raffaella De Vita, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Dr. David Dillard, Adhesive and Sealant Science Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Dr. Alan Esker, Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair
  • Dr. Charles Frazier, Thomas M. Brooks Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials and Director of the Wood-Based Composites Center
  • Dr. Timothy Long, Professor of Chemistry and Director of MII
  • Dr. John Matson, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Please view the Adhesion Science Short Course home page for more details on our professors and their areas of expertise.

The short course will be held May 20-24, 2019, in Blacksburg, Va. Attendees typically use Sunday as a travel day in order to arrive for the start of the program, which is 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning, May 20. 

Typical short course time commitment:

  • Monday: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-4:40 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The short course costs $1,700 per person. This registration fee covers instruction materials, lab materials and safety equipment, instructor fees, a continuous break snack bar during lectures, lunch Monday-Friday, and the dinner banquet on Thursday. For $50, you may bring a guest to Thursday’s dinner, bringing your entire cost to $1,750. Lodging and transportation are not included in your fee. 


Yes! The 2019 schedule is available and online. 

Yes! You will have an opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art labs at Virginia Tech in the Macromolecular Materials Discovery Center (MMDC) and Kelly Hall. 

The classroom portion of the 2019 short course will be located at the Hilton Garden Inn in Blacksburg. The address is 900 Plantation Road, Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060. It can be reached at 540-552-5005.

The laboratory portions will be on the Virginia Tech campus in Kelly Hall and ICTAS II. The short course will provide van transportation to and from the Hilton Garden Inn and labs.  

By car

Blacksburg is located off I-81 in Southwest Virginia, roughly three hours from Richmond, Va., Charlotte, N.C., and the Research Triangle in North Carolina. Blacksburg is also roughly four hours away from Washington, D.C. The bulk of the short course will be located at the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 900 Plantation Road, Blacksburg, Virginia, 24060.

By plane

The Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport in Roanoke, Va., is served by several major domestic airlines and is about 45 minutes from Blacksburg. The Smart Way Bus, Roanoke Airport Transportation Service, Uber/Lyft, or car rentals at the airport are options to get to and from Blacksburg. 

MII has reserved a block of rooms for Adhesion Science Short Course participants at the Hilton Garden Inn at a discounted rate of $98.00 per night from May 19-24, 2019. To reserve your room, contact the Hilton Garden Inn at 540-552-5005 and mention the “MII Adhesion Science Short Course” or enter the group code "MIIAS" online to get the group rate.


We're sorry, but the 2019 short course classroom limit has been reached, and registration is now closed. If you would like, you can sign up for the 2019 waitlist

Please stay tuned for the 2020 short course announcement in the coming months. 

Requests for refund will be honored when received 14 calendar days prior to the program. A $100 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellations. However, another person may be substituted at any time for this program. In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.