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Rutgers takes first in PACK Solutions Challenge

Fifth annual competition challenges students to find mouthwash packaging solution.

September 26, 2013   by Canadian Packaging Staff

PACK EXPO Las Vegas—The team from New Jersey’s Rutgers University— Marie Misterio, Diana Mayorga, Miles Borgeson, Diana Jones—took first place in the 2013 PACK Solutions Challenge, sharing a $4,000 scholarship from the PMMI Education and Training Foundation. The contestants were challenged to find a mouthwash packaging solution.

Marc Ostertag, president of contest sponsor B&R Industrial Automation, made the presentation in a brief awards presentation Tuesday at the 2013 Las Vegas Pack Expo tradeshow.

Six packaging programs participated in this year’s competition: Cal Poly State University, Clemson University, Purdue University Calumet, Rutgers University, University of Florida and Virginia Tech.

Purdue Calumet’s team—Armando Cabrera, Jr., Florin Mustata, Aminov Parvizsho and Thaddeus Wleklinski—earned second place honors and a $2,000 scholarship to share; while third place went to Clemson’s team of Richard George, Raj Navalakha, Colin Mitchell and Mackenzie Lussier, who get to share a $1,000 scholarship.

Judges came from a range of consumer packaged goods companies, and spent the better part of the day considering the entries. Chris Baker, Teva; Travis Powell, Schreiber Foods, Inc.; Greg Lewis, Chattem; Jeff Russell, Pepsi Beverages Company; Mark Wright, Keurig; and Dave Villeneuve, DRV Coaching & Consulting, Inc.

PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 600 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. It also organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara.

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