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Cancelled 2021 Short Course

Following continued guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the 2021 short course has been cancelled.

MII considered alternative options, such as postponing the short course a few months or delivering virtual lectures, but obstacles remained. Public health concerns could have lingered even with a postponed short course, as well as the challenge of aligning calendars. A virtual short course also would not have replaced the valuable, in-person lab component.

The next Adhesion Science Short Course will be held in late spring/early summer 2022, in Blacksburg, Virginia. 


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

Participants are often scientists or engineers working with adhesives or sealants in industry or government labs. Prior experience in adhesives or polymers is helpful but not required. If you are unsure if you would be a fit for this course, please contact Jennifer Galford at

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

This short course is taught by several 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. David Dillard, Adhesive and Sealant Science Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
  • Dr. Alan Esker, Professor of Chemistry and Department Chair
  • Dr. Maren Roman, Associate Professor of Sustainable Biomaterials
  • Dr. Michael Schulz, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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

The next short course will be held in late spring/early summer 2022, in Blacksburg, Va., at the Inn at Virginia Tech. 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. 

Typical short course time commitment:

  • Monday: 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-6:30 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 $2,000 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 $2,050. Lodging and transportation are not included in your fee. 

After keeping our tuition the same price for more than a decade, we have had to increase the fee in order to keep up with the rising costs of the venue site and to improve our instructional materials based on participant feedback. 


The 2019 schedule is available and online, to serve as a reference for what a typical schedule looks like. The 2022 schedule will come out a few months before the short course but will be very similar.

Yes! You will have an opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art labs at Virginia Tech, including the new Materials Characterization Laboratory in Kelly Hall. You will also have the opportunity to participate in hands-on demos in the labs. 

The classroom portion of the 2022 short course will be located at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center (901 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA, 24061).

The laboratory portions will be on the Virginia Tech campus in Kelly Hall, Norris Hall, and ICTAS II. The short course will provide van transportation to and from the Inn and labs if you prefer.  

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. 

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 reserves a block of rooms at the Inn at Virginia Tech during the short course. Guests can call 540-231-8000 and mention the "Adhesion Science Short Course" to receive the group rate. 


Registration will open in late fall for the 2022 short course. If you are registering a group, please email Jennifer Galford at

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.