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2013 Advisory Board Meeting and Networking Reception of the VT Packaging Program


Dec. 16, 2013 – by Laszlo Horvath 

   

Interns in the Sustainable Packaging Designer Trainee program Interns in the Sustainable Packaging Designer Trainee program presenting the results of their summer projects. Students from left to right: Michael Fortunato (Junior), Page Clayton (Junior), Megan Stallings (Freshman), Richard Good (Sophomore), and Cyrus Adibpour (Junior).

In the last 20 years, the advisory board meetings of Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design (CPULD) has been a great place for industry professionals to talk about recent issues faced by the pallet and packaging industry. With the expanded focus on total packaging and sustainable packaging materials, the Advisory Board has been extended to incorporate companies from the primary packaging and packaging design sector. Overall, 30 major packaging companies such as ESKO, Newell Rubber Maid, FEMSA, Klockner, PCA, and Corrugated Containers traveled a great distance to attend the event on September 10, 2103. At the beginning of the event Robert Bush provided an overview of the status of the new B.S. degree in Packaging Systems and Design followed by Laszlo Horvath and Young Teck Kim who provided an overview of the activities of the Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design and student clubs of the packaging program, respectively. The highlight of the event was the first group of students participating in the Sustainable Packaging Designer Trainee program, Megan Stallings (Freshman), Michael Fortunato (Junior), Page Clayton (Junior), Cyrus Adibpour (Junior), and Richard Good (Sophomore), who took the stage and presented their summer projects to the attendees. The students did a great job outlining the importance of their projects and how the obtained skills will help further their education. The students received positive feedback and a lot of excitement from the members and they also have featured in the October issue of the Pallet Enterprise trade magazine. More information on the students participating in the training program can be found at unitload.vt.edu/education/interns.

   

Recognition of the generous donation of ESKO and Gerber Technologies at the Networking Reception of the Packaging Program at Virginia Tech. Recognition of the generous donation of ESKO and Gerber Technologies at the Networking Reception of the Packaging Program at Virginia Tech.


 

   

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