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Poly Pack Symposium

Emerging Trends in the Packaging Industry
Thursday, May 8, 2014


The Poly Pack Symposium is a day long event which gathers packaging professionals from around the nation to discuss new topics, learn new techniques, and network with each other and our students. This year's event will take place on May 8th with the theme of Emerging Trends in the Packaging Industry. During the course of the day there will be industry speakers, panel discussion and facility tours. In addition the annual egg drop contest and a banquet will be hosted by the packaging student club.

Symposium Schedule

The Symposium venue is in the University Union on Grand Avenue. Please see the Campus Map under "Parking" below.

Time Company/Speaker Presentation Location
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast UU 204
9:00-10:00 Big Heart Pet Brands
Gary Chisholm, Sr. Group Manager R&D-Packaging
More Than Meets the Eye: Packaging Design UU 220
10:00-10:45 DOW Chemical Company
Ira Shaughnessy, Sustainability Manager,Packaging & Specialty Plastics.
Sustainability at End-of-Life. UU 220
10:45-11:00 Break UU 204
11:00-11:30 Amazon
Adam Blexrud, Manager, Frustration-Free Packaging.
Optimizing Packaging in an Ecommerce Fulfillment Network UU 204
11:30-12:00 Pregis Corporation
Joey Phister, Regional Sales Manager.
The DNA of Protective Packaging UU 204
12:00-13:00 Lunch UU 204
13:00-13:30 Eastman Chemical Company
Dana R. Breed, Ph.D. Group Leader, Durables & Medical Applications Development.
Market dynamics and trends in Medtech, Pharma and Biotech: What do they mean for medical packaging? UU 220
13:30-14:00 Amgen
Scott Faulhaber, Prinicipal Engineer, Package Engineering and Labeling
Human Factors Engineering UU 220
14:30-15:00 Lab Tour IT Labs
15:00-17:00 Egg Drop Bldg 21 (outside Packaging Labs)
17:00- 18:00 No Event No Event
18:00-20:30 Banquet Ventana Grill, Pismo Beach

Interview and Resume Workshop

Time Location
10:00-10:45 UU 218

Who Should Attend

  • Package Development Engineers, Managers and Directors
  • Marketing Managers and Executives
  • Packaging Materials, Machinery, Service and Solution Providers
  • Packaging Consultants
  • Projects Managers
  • R&D Managers from CPG and Converter Companies

Registration Information