May 10, 2011 – by Robert Bush
February 23, 2011
Students and faculty members involved in the Virginia Tech packaging program participated in the recent International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) 12th Annual Careers in Corrugated Teleconference on February 23, 2011. The live event originated from Michigan State University and included students at seventeen colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. Participation in the 2011 teleconference broke all previous records and Virginia Tech was well represented.
The teleconference helped students understand opportunities and career paths in the world of packaging – with emphasis on careers in the corrugated fiberboard producing and converting industries. Mr. Doug Bosnik, President and CEO of Buckeye Corrugated, Inc., described the structure of the corrugated packaging industry and how businesses in the industry operate. Mr. Patrick Smorch, Director of Packaging Sustainability for Georgia-Pacific, described how corrugated packaging companies are helping their customers develop sustainable solutions to their packaging needs.
Following the presentations, an industry panel answered questions posed by students at each college or university.
The teleconference ended with presentations by two student design teams. These teams were the two finalists in the ICPF “Best of the Best” packaging design competition and each had developed a corrugated packaging system that would allow for both shipping and retail display of a specific cosmetic product. The winning team was announced live on the teleconference.
Virginia Tech packaging students enjoyed seeing their counterparts at other universities and gained considerable insight from the presentations. Also, the conference excited them about participating in packaging design competitions.
Robert J. Bush with the students of Packaging Science at Virginia Tech during the ICPF Teleconference.