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Michigan State University - School of Packaging


130 Packaging Building East Lansing, MI 48824-1223


Susan Selke PhD (Interim Director)

Other staff

Dr Rafael Auras (Packaging Materials)

Dr Laura Bix (Medical Packaging)

Prof Dr Gary Burgess (Distribution Packaging)

Dr Robb Clarke (RFID/Machinery)

Prof Dr Bruce Harte (Food Packaging)

Prof Dr Harold Hughes (Packaging Operations)

Dr Maria Rubino (Food Packaging)

Prof Dr Diana Twede (Logistical Packaging)

Prof Joe Hotchkiss (Currently on sabbatical)


+1 517-355-4555


+1 517-353-8999

The School of Packaging, an academic unit of Michigan State University, was established in 1952. The first Bachelor of Science degree was conferred in 1955. Over 7,000 B.S. degrees, 500 M.S. degrees, and 20 Ph.D. degrees have been conferred to date. The School offers a comprehensive curriculum in Packaging, including courses in mathematics, physics, computers and the physical sciences, and business. Fall 2004, 560 undergraduate students, 40 M.S. and 18 Ph.D. students were enrolled. In 2002, the School developed the first online M.S. degree program in Packaging. The School of Packaging has a broad research program which is committed to advancing the 'State-of-the-Art' of packaging. Research is funded through private contract and research consortiums (Center for Food and Pharmaceutical Packaging Research and the Center for Distribution Packaging), federal and industry association funds and gifts. Major emphasis is placed in the areas of material science, food, healthcare packaging, mass transport, distribution and logistics, and solid waste management. The School has a well equipped facility including eight research laboratories. Research is conducted through the combined efforts of eleven faculty and 55 graduate students.


IAPRI 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. For more information please click here

Latest News

IAPRI Extends the Deadline for the 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. We have a number of members who are interested in hosting students and we will help applicants contact potential hosts.

The deadline for submissions has beem extended until the 19th of March 2018. Full details will be found at