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.
Vice President, IAPRI
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.
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.
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 ISTAs 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
Maria Jose Galotto
Professor, Head Food Packaging Laboratory, University 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.
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.
Hiroaki Kitazawa, Ph.D.
Principal Researcher with the Post Harvest Science and Technology Unit in the Food Research Institute which is part of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Japan.
Dr. Kitazawa's area of expertise is in designing packaging for fresh produce. As a young professional he wants to expand his activities on packaging research internationally and believes interacting with different research fields is the most important because packaging is closely related to various things and fields.
He involved with currently and the past as Chair, Japan Mirror Committee, ISO/TC122/WG16 and Director, The Society of Packaging Science and Technology, Japan
Roland ten Klooster, Ph.D.
Chair of the Packaging Design and Management program at University of Twente in The Netherlands
Rolands's core research is on packaging decision making in the fields of sustainability, convenience, efficiency. He led the team at the University of Twente hosting the very successful IAPRI member conference in 2019. He is also co-owner of Plato product consultants, an agency in structural packaging design.
Roland desire is to make the field of packaging (hopefully) a (little) bit more professional without disqualifying the work that has been done.
His goals for IAPRI include to show the outer world that packaging is a profession. Packaging is a serving entity that will never have the first attention. We must make sure that packaging is taken up in decisions about the product, about production, design, transport, costs, sustainability etc.
Various working groups of the Association of Dutch Packaging Experts is were Roland volunteers.
Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Victoria University, Australia
Vincent has a PhD from Monash University and he has been involved in packaging research for nearly three decades. Vincent leads the Engineered Packaging and Distribution Research Group at Victoria University which is aimed at increasing the overall effectiveness of protective packaging, reducing the environmental impact of packaging and minimizing packaging waste. He teaches a variety of Engineering units such as Vibrations, Dynamics, Computing and Experimentation as well as Engineering Modelling and Analysis. His main research interests deal with the measurement, analysis and simulation of non-stationary and non-Gaussian random processes. His efforts have involved the characterization and simulation of environmental shock and vibration with application to transport dynamics including pavement topography and the dynamic interaction between pavements, vehicles and products during transportation.
He is an associate editor of the Journal of Packaging Technology and Science, the foundation chair of the IAPRI Working Group for Distribution Packaging, a member of the Technical Board of the International Safe Transit Association and a member of the ASTM International Committee on Packaging. He has held visiting positions at Monash University, Cambridge University, DSTO and the Spanish Institute for Packaging, Transport & Logistics (ITENE).
Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Packaging Engineering at Jiangnan University, China
Jun is the technical director of National packaging testing center, Secretary General of several organizations including the Professional Committee of China Packaging Institutes. Involved in IAPRI events since 2008's conference held in Thailand, he presented for the first time in 2010 at the conference held in Tianjin. At Zhuhai's IAPRI conference 2018, he co-organized the first event to feature a trial Academia Meets Industry session.
He has consulted for over 50 brand owners and packaging suppliers all over the world with China market. He is also the editorial board member of Packaging Technology and Science.
Head of Product Safety and Analytics Department at Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (IVV) in Freising, Germany
Sulcuk Yildirim, Ph.D.
Professor, in food packaging at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland.
Dr. Yildirim is the IAPRI Active and Intelligent Packaging Working Group Chair and is very involved in collaborative research projects in EU programs and has strong connections to industry. His focus is on the global challenges and issues related to the packaging (food waste, packaging safety, plastic waste, sustainability.
Selcuk thinks IAPRI is the most important scientific network in the area of packaging that brings the scientist and the industry in this field together and facilitate scientific exchange for research and teaching. He hopes with his experiences he can contribute to strengthen this exchange and the collaboration, especially collaboration between the scientific community and industry.
Vice President of Technology, Lansmont Corporation, USA
Eric has a BS in Packaging from Michigan State University is a subject matter expert in the areas of supply chain environmental measurement, analysis and development of directly associated laboratory testing applications. He has over 30 of experience in various roles with Lansmont including eleven years managing dynamic laboratory testing facilities.
Eric has actively participated in group research efforts that resulted in new, or modified industry test standards with ISTA, ASTM, and ISO. He has served on the ISTA Board of Directors, including as Chair
He serves as Lansmonts professional Liaison with the higher education and research communities which has included numerous guest lectures at Packaging Universities and over 20 years of active participation in global Packaging research events and conferences
Eric has been very active with IAPRI for many years as well as ISTA, ASTM D10 on Packaging and EUMOS.
S. Paul Singh, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University & President, Packaging Forensics Associates, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
In the past Singh has served on the IAPRI board as a Full Member Director. Paul sought to serve again, this time as a Corporate Member because he wants to assist IAPRI to develop a more diverse culture in that fortifies better partnership and dialogue with global companies and international research institutions to foster Innovation and Research in Packaging. While in his past he was very focused on Distribution, he has more to offer now in Intellectual Property based on his work and so serve one term to bring into IAPRI members from Medical Device/Pharma and New Materials.
He believes IAPRI should be the international leader and the place to go for global networking among scientists with similar goals and facilitate collaboration and dissemination of new research and education technologies.
R&D Expert in Packaging, Nestle Research Center, Lausanne Switzerland
Cal Poly University
Laboratoire National D"Essais