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The IAPRI Board consists of the following Directors:

Jay Singh

President, IAPRI

Professor, Packaging Program Director, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, California, USA

Jay enjoys an international reputation for research and consulting related to package design, distribution environment measurement and simulation, material and package testing, product-package compatibility validation, Life Cycle Assessment and Radio Frequency Identification applications for packaging. He has consulted with over 100 companies on various packaging research projects in the last 15 years in the automotive, pharmaceutical/medical device, food and beverage, furniture and several other consumer product categories.

Edward A. Church

Secretary General, IAPRI

Ed was President of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), serving in that capacity from 1995 until 2016. He is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Packaging with both a Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Packaging. He is an IoPP Fellow and Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional and has an extensive background in transport packaging performance testing. He was one of the founders of Lansmont Corporation, including President. He is a member of the ASTM D-10 and F-2, and past board member of IAPRI. Church is a Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and is an Honorary Life Member.  He has been inducted into the National Packaging Hall of Fame and the MSU Packaging Hall of Fame. Ed is also the recipient of the ISTA 2016 R. David LeButt Award.

In his 50-year career in packaging, he has given over 100 conference presentations around the world. 

Ed became the Secretary General of IAPRI in January of 2018.

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Changfeng Ge

Professor in the College of Applied Science and Technology, Department of Packaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, USA .

He is the founding director of the American Packaging Corporation Center for Packaging Innovation at RIT. Dr Ge is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Packaging Research, ASTM D10.13 chairman and an active member of ISTA and TAPPI. Dr Ge presented his 1st IAPRI paper in IAPRI Symposium at Reims France in 1994, representing Singapore Institute of Industrial Research . In 1999, Dr Ge organized the 11th IAPRI world conference on packaging in Singapore. 

Greg Batt

Assistant Professor, Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences Department,

Clemson University Director of the Sonoco Package Testing Laboratory, USA

Greg earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University with a focus in nonlinear dynamics and vibrations. He holds a M.S. in Packaging Science from Clemson University. He has served on the faculty at Clemson University with the department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences since 2004 and has served as the package testing and materials evaluation laboratory director since 2001. He is a Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional with the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and serves on ISTA’s Global Board of Directors as the vice-chair. Greg currently teaches a course on the “Mechanical Properties of Packaging”, its associated lab “Shock and Vibration Laboratory”, and the class “Distribution Packaging.” He leads graduate student research in the area of transportation and distribution packaging and packaging dynamics with recent work in: Triboelectric energy harvesting, Multi-axis vibration simulation, Modeling of expanded polymer cushion materials, Cushion testing method optimisation

Silvia Dantas

Metal and Glass Packaging Manager, CETEA Vice-Director, Brazil

Silvia is a food engineer with a PhD in food technology. She has worked in packaging R&D for more than 25 years with focus on metal package chemical, physical and mechanical performances, food / package interaction, metal contamination and package closure. Coordination of several projects to support development of closure alternatives for metal cans of food and chemical products and to validate new can material specification with focus on material reduction.

Management of activities related to food package safety requirements in compliance with legislation.

Quality Manager of CETEA responsible for ISO 9001:2008 certification of CETEA Quality Management System and laboratory accreditation of test methods according to ISO IEC 17025:2005 standard.

Maria Jose Galotto

Professor, Head Food Packaging Laboratory, Univeristy of Santiago de Chile

Maria-Jose is pharmacist with a phD in food Science and Engineering. She is Full Professor of Santiago de Chile University at Food Science and Technology Department, and head of the Food-Packaging Platform. Her research is focuses in food packaging processes (active, biodegradable, food-packaging interaction process, nanotechnology). She is NPC (National contact point for Nanotechnology of the European Union in Chile). She is involve in IAPRI since 2001, and she is collaborating with other IAPRI groups in different research projects.

Renee Wever

Vice President, IAPRI

Professor of Industrial Design Engineering, Linkoping University, Sweden

He holds a MSc and a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering. His research focusses on packaging (design) and sustainability. He has been a frequent attender of IAPRI events since the 2006 conference in Tokyo. Besides the IAPRI board, Renee also serves as an associate editor for Wiley’s Packaging Technology and Science, where he focusses mainly on consumer and user related papers (i.e. marketing and ergonomics aspects).

Katsuhiko Saito

Professor,Transport Packaging Laboratory, Graduate School of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University, Japan.

Prof. Saito is the vice-president of the Society of Packaging Science & Technology Japan, and is an opinion leader in the field of Japanese transport packaging technology. He is a graduate of the school of Maritime Sciences, Kobe University that carries out research about the whole of human activities at sea.

Prof. Saito studies the carriage of goods at the university and works on education of the academy life very eagerly. He has supervised the transport packaging laboratory, TPL. TPL at Kobe University focuses on research and education, and is complemented with joint research projects in transport packaging. The laboratory is fully equipped with modern transport packaging test equipment, is part of the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences and has the primary goal of providing transport packaging research and education in the school.

Wannee Chinsirikul

Principal Researcher and Director of Polymer Research Unit, National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), Thailand.

Dr. Chinsirikul received her B.Sc. (Honors) in Polymer & Textile from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), M.S. in Polymer Science and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University (USA). Her primary area of research is polymer blends, film processing and plastic packaging.

Research work of her team on the ‘breathable film for tropical fresh produce’ has been commercialized and received several technological awards in Thailand and at the international conference and exhibition. She also has participated in consulting and contract R&D projects relating to polymer extrusion and product development. Dr. Chinsirikul is coauthor of a book chapter entitled ‘Current and Innovative Packaging Technologies for Tropical and Subtropical Fruits’ in Tropical and Subtropical Fruit Processing and Packaging, Siddiq M (editor), John-Wiley Publishing Co., Ames, Iowa, USA, 2012.

Lu Binglin

Marketing Director, China Packaging Research & Test Center

Lu received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Packaging Engineering from Tianjin University of Science and Technology. She has been working within the area of packaging testing and packaging integrated solution for more than 11 years. She worked on packaging testing in the lab of transport packaging and packaging materials for more than 4 years. She participated in projects on standard development, automotive packaging and QM of packaging suppliers. Currently she has shared her time between Chinese marketing requirements investigation on packaging and international & domestic distribution packaging association operation.


World Conference on Packaging 2018

The 21st IAPRI World Conference on Packaging will take place between 19-22 June in Zhuhai, China. It is hosted by Jinan University and Hunan University of Technology. Delegates and presenters at IAPRI events are used to finding themselves in impressive settings, and the Zhuhai Conference promises to be no exception, both in terms of the event venue itself and the locations for the social program.

 Meanwhile, huge progress has been made by the International Scientific Committee in refining the final program. Zhi-Wei Wang is professor and assistant president at JNU as well as being Conference chair. He explains: “Of the 207 abstracts approved for the general stream, 122 are accepted as oral presentations and 85 as poster presentations. In the peer review stream, 22 full papers were accepted for review. According to Dave Shires of Packaging Technology and Science, the review process for the peer review stream will be completed by April.”

The seven keynote speakers kicking off proceedings will be just the first of many highpoints over the four days of the event. A floating Official Dinner on the Wednesday will see former IAPRI President Thomas Goedecke being presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Presentations from contenders for IAPRI’s Student Exchange Scholarship (generously sponsored by PepsiCo) will be staged on the Thursday.

 Regarding social activities, Zhi-Wei Wang says: “We plan to host the Official Dinner as a banquet in a ship-like restaurant off the coast, with local artistic performances. The view there is very beautiful, both of the sea itself and the newly-built Zhuhai Opera House.” Former IAPRI president Thomas Goedecke, of BAM, Germany, will be present at the onboard banquet to receive his Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his huge contribution both professionally and within IAPRI over the years.

In contrast to the Official Dinner, the Social Dinner will take place on the outskirts of Zhuhai, in “a place with a strong flavor of the countryside,” says Zhi-Wei Wang.

Three Working Group (WG) meetings will take place on the afternoon of the final day, after the IAPRI General Meeting, starting with the Packaging and Consumers WG and then with the Distribution Packaging and Sustainable Packaging

For more information and to register for the conference please click here

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IAPRI PepsiCo Student Exchange Scholarship for Research

IAPRI is pleased to announce that PepsiCo is sponsoring the 2018-2019 IAPRI Student Exchange Scholarship.

PepsiCo had stated this in support of the Scholarship: 'We believe this scholarship will provide a deserving student the critical skills and research experience in the field of packaging, needed for a successful career in a packaging or a consumer products company.'

The scholarship is $7,000 and 6 months with the objective of graduate students travel to a member organisation to undertake research that will enhance their work. The applications are in and video presentations will be made at the Confernce in China, then attending members will vote to select the scholarship winner.