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Trip to 2015 packaging Jamboree

May 21, 2015 – By Megan Stallings, Junior, Packaging


The VT Packaging team took first place at the Corrugate Regatta The VT Packaging team took first place at the Corrugate Regatta


Thirteen packaging students traveled to the 30th annual Packaging jamboree, held this year at Clemson University in South Carolina. This is one of the major packaging institutional events across the states. The students attended industry networking events, keynote speakers, and technical sessions under the guidance of two packaging faculty, Dr. Young Kim and Dr. Bob Bush. Around 100 students attended in total, some of the other universities in participation were Michigan State University, Wisconsin Stout, and RIT.

There were ample opportunities for networking with the companies in attendance. Many of the companies lead breakout sessions where they talked about their industries and new technology. Additionally, all of the organizations had a booth that was available throughout the event. The companies included Pratt Industries, International Paper, Sonoco, 3M, and others. Our students were also able to speak with the area representatives for our professional organizations, Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and Technical Association for the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).

Students from all of the universities were able to tour the Clemson Packaging facilities. It was a great opportunity to see what a larger and more established program can provide for its students. It was also nice for the students to see lots of familiar equipment that we have in our labs here at Virginia tech.

The last event of the weekend was a Corrugated Regatta. Students were given unlimited amounts of corrugated board, one roll of duct tape, and about an hour to construct a boat. The boat had to hold one passenger. That passenger would paddle the boat 25 yards in the Clemson competitive indoor swimming pool. The teams were primarily divided by schools; however, the Virginia tech team had one Clemson member.

After an hour of construction the boats hit the water. Of the first three boats that hit the water only one successfully made it to the other side. Virginia tech was in the second heat of racers. Once they hit the water it was obvious they were paddling to first place.

It was great to reconnect with old friends from other universities and meet new ones. The opportunities that events like this provide students are priceless. Networking with current industries representative and future coworkers in the packaging industry will build lasting professional connections. Many thanks to the Sustainable Biomaterials department for helping to sponsor our travels and to Clemson packaging for hosting such a great event!

Check out the VT Packaging program attend the 2015 Packaging Jamboree and compete in the Corrugate Regatta on YouTube. Learn about our packaging program as well on our VT Packaging channel.

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