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Board members

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.


Marie Rushton

Secretary General, IAPRI

Marie graduated from London University in Biochemistry and started her involvement in packaging at Pira International , UK. As a Director of Pira International, she initiated a number of statistical studies into the packaging market which lay the foundations for a variety of international reports in the consumer packaging areas.

She is currently Publisher of Digital Labels and Packaging magazine published by Whitmar Publications

Marie has been Secretary General of IAPRI since 2002.

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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.” 



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.


Michael Sek

Associate Professor, The College of Engineering and Science at Victoria University

Dr Michael Sek is Associate Professor with the College of Engineering and Science at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia and its Engineered Packaging and Distribution Research Group, where he lectures and supervises postgraduate research students. Michael has been involved in the IAPRI since he presented a paper at the 1992 Symposium at the DTI in Copenhagen. He is an internationally recognized researcher in distribution and protective packaging, test methods for laboratory simulation of hazards occurring in transportation environment, and packaging dynamics. Michael has worked for extended period as a visiting professor in the USA, the UK, Spain, China and Japan. He is often invited to share his expertise: he lectured and presented research papers in numerous countries on six continents. Michael is member of the Committee on Shock and Vibration of Standards Australia, the Society for Experimental Mechanics and the International Safe Transit Association. 


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.


IAPRI 2017 -Call for papers opens

The 28th IAPRI Symposium is taking place between the 9-12 May 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland. it is hosted jointly by Vaud University of Applied Sciences and Nestec. For details for the Call for Papers please click here.

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New IAPRI president elected

Jay Singh from CalPoly State University, USA, is confirmed as the new IAPRI president.