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Orfalea College of Business

Ajay Kathuria

Ajay Kathuria

Office 03-434
Phone 805-756-2944

Associate Professor of Industrial Technology and Packaging

Ajay Kathuria

Dr. Ajay Kathuria serves as Associate Professor of Industrial Technology and Packaging in the Orfalea College of Business at the California Polytechnic State University. Before joining Cal Poly, Dr. Kathuria was an assistant professor at University of Wisconsin-Stout. During his teaching career he taught various courses related to Packaging Polymers and Processing, Packaging Machinery and Packaging Fundamentals.

He has strong background in polymeric materials. His research work is focused on bio-degradable polymers, composites, mixed matrix membranes, nano-materials and high surface area porous compounds. He has authored various research papers in peer reviewed journals such as Polymer, Polymer International etc., co-authored one book chapter and presented his research work in various conference proceedings. He also serves as reviewer for various peer reviewed Journals.

He has around four years of industrial experience in pharmaceutical packaging, industrial packaging and vapor corrosion inhibitor (VCI) packaging materials. He is active member of various professional organizations including Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) and International Association of Packaging Research institute (IAPRI).

Ajay received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Packaging Science from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. He earned his B.S. in Printing Technology from GJUST, Hisar, India.


B.S. Printing Technology
GJUST, Hisar, India 2002

M.S. Packaging Science
Michigan State University, 2007

Ph.D. Packaging Science
Michigan State University, 2013


Assistant Professor,
UW-Stout, WI

Graduate Research Assistant,
Michigan State University, MI
2005-2006 and 2009-2013

Manager-Field Engineering
ITW-Signode, New Delhi, India

Technical Service and Packaging Engineer, NTIC, Circle Pines, MN

Reviewer for various peer reviewed Journals such as Packaging Technology and Science, Polymer international, Arabian journal of Chemistry, LWT-Food Science and Technology etc.

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