PACK EXPO 2019 preview

September 18, 2019

by Kadence Baker

Student working with corrugated fiberboard

A CI student cutting out a corrugated fiberboard rhino head.

PACK EXPO packaging design students are all packed up and ready for PACK EXPO Las Vegas, which will take place from September 23-25. PACK EXPO is an annual event designed to showcase new packaging technologies from around the country. Clemson students and faculty will be showcasing their capabilities to a wide variety of packaging companies. Students will be able to network not only themselves, but also the Clemson Packaging Science (PKSC) program. Be sure to visit the student group at booth US-7000 or booth N-718 in the Education Pavilion to learn more about PKSC!

Students who attend PACK EXPO Las Vegas are enrolled in a PKSC Creative Inquiry (CI) led by Dr. Andrew Hurley and assisted by lecturer, Haley Appleby. This CI allows a student team to plan, design and execute the interactive booth at PACK EXPO.

“Things have been busy gearing up for PACK EXPO!” commented Appleby. “The theme of the booth this year is going to be ‘hunting lodge.’” 

Corrugated fiberboard tiger head

A corrugated fiberboard tiger head waiting to be constructed.

The tourable hunting lodge is constructed out of corrugated fiberboard and features various corrugated animal mounts including an elephant, a dinosaur, a rhino and even a full-scale tiger. Each of these were cut and constructed in the Sonoco Institute’s Prototyping Lab. The CI students are responsible for designing and assembling both the animals and the lodge as well as speaking with attendees about the display.

Along with the hunting lodge display, graduate students will also be showcasing a modified version of our state-of-the art consumer experience CUShop. Attendees will be able to “shop” using Tobii Eye Tracking Glasses and onlookers will be able to review real-time statistics related to the user’s behavior and interaction with the products. Our graduate students will be conducting research related to their theses and dissertations. This research includes retail optimization, food sensory and big data for beauty packaging design.

If you are attending the event or you live in the area, please join the team for a Clemson alumni event on September 23 from 3-5 PM. You can register here by September 20.

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