Cal Poly Packaging Professor Jay Singh Travels to China

Cal Poly Packaging Professor Jay Singh Visits Jiangnan University

Over winter break, Cal Poly Packaging Professor and Program Director Jay Singh traveled to China, where he visited premier packaging programs at four universities and met with distinguished professors and administrators to discuss the Cal Poly Packaging Program and to develop international connections for Cal Poly.

After landing in Hong Kong, Singh began his university visits at the Packaging Engineering Research Institute at Jinan University in Zhuhai in the Guangdong province of China. Here, Singh visited the Guangdong Key Laboratory of Packaging and Logistics and also met with Assistant President and Professor Dr. Zhi-Wei Wang to discuss potential scientific research cooperation and student exchange programs between Cal Poly and the university.

Singh then traveled to Beijing, where he visited the Beijing Institute of Graphic Communication and met with the university’s vice-chancellors and discussed the opportunity for international cooperation. Following this visit, Singh visited the Tianjin University of Science and Technology and met with the Director of the Department of Packaging Engineering. While in Tianjin, Singh also took advantage of the opportunity to visit the leading packaging testing and research facilities of the China Packaging Research and Test Center (CPRTC).

Finally, to end his university visits, Singh traveled to Waxu in the Jiangsu province and visited the Jiangnan University. During this final visit, Singh gave a presentation titled, “Distribution Environment Measurement and Simulation” to students and faculty and shared ideas with the university’s Dean of Packaging Engineering regarding teaching, training, and research.

Throughout these visits, Singh discussed the Cal Poly Packaging program and worked to develop international academic and research collaborations between Cal Poly and these universities. Through the exchange of information and the discussion of potential academic and research collaboration opportunities, Singh aims to create channels for undergraduate student exchanges, collaborative research projects, and M.S. in Packaging Value Chain opportunities between the universities and Cal Poly.

As packaging supply chains continue to grow in global stature, international connections for the Cal Poly Packaging Program have become more important than ever. Thanks to Jay Singh, Cal Poly’s Packaging Program looks to expand into a Center for Packaging Value Chain in the coming years.

Cal Poly’s Packaging Protégé Earns Coveted Position at Amazon Lab126

Katie Exum at Cal PolyCal Poly senior Katie Exum is used to defying expectations. The 6-foot-1 Torrance, Calif.-native came to Cal Poly in 2012, where she quickly emerged as a standout in the Industrial Technology and Packaging Area. Just as she prepares to graduate this December, she has secured a packaging engineer position at one of the highest-paying employers in Silicon Valley—Amazon Lab126, which designs and engineers consumer electronics, such as Fire tablets, Kindle e-book readers and Amazon Echo.

As Exum approaches the start of her career, she reflects on the moment that changed her direction at Cal Poly.

Read the full article on the Packaging Digest website.

Cal Poly Teams Take Place Second in Flexible Packaging Design Competition

Two teams of Cal Poly students tied for second place in a national packaging challenge held by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA). Students competing in the competition submitted flexible, plastic packaging desigFlexible Packaging Competition Entry 1ns for products aimed at satisfying consumer demands for convenient and easy-to-use packaging.

Chris Childers, Ben Harris, Samantha Kin, Kellie Meyer and Huyen Nguyen comprised the first interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students, designing a chicken breast strainer for the competition. Their product featured a vacuum package that allows for the drainage of excess chicken juice from the package without speaking bacteria. The package material itself was made of barrier polymers with an easy-to-use straining element, allowing the product to be used with either frozen or defrosted chicken. Aside from the flexible package itself, the students also developed an innovative flexographic printing solution that allowed the full label to be printed with only one pass through the printer.

Flexible Packaging Competition Entry 2The second interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students, including Cole Cressman, Victoria Hanna, Tyler Harwood and Carrie Sauer, created a design called Precise Rice, a complete meal system that allows customers to prepare, consume and store a single serving of rice in one container. The package itself has a high heat deflection barrier and properties with low water absorption, which allow for the product to have extended storage and a long shelf life.

The students participated in the competition as a part of the IT 341 class taught by Professor Ajay Kathruia. Each team will review a $500 reward for their second place victory in the competition. For more information on the competition, visit the competition’s press release.

IT 407 Projects On Sale

Industrial technology and packaging students in the Orfalea College of Business are selling unique gifts just in time for the holidays.

Cal Poly’s industrial technology and packaging capstone course, IT 407: Applied Business Operations, empowers teams of students to explore the full spectrum of product design, manufacturing and sales. Across a 10-week course, students must invent a unique product, prototype their design, invest in raw materials, standardize manufacturing, produce 80 to 100 units, market the product, and sell all units.

Grill n’ Chill
The Grill n’ Chill is an outdoor bbq caddie that includes food storage space, a cutting board, a spice rack, a bottle opener and beverage holder in one convenient tray that will assist you when grilling your food. Learn more and purchase at

Hitch Hider
The Hitch Hider is hide-a-key that is locked to your trailer hitch with a combination locking pin that fits most all standard sized hitches at 2″x2″. The design plate features aesthetic options, including the Cal Poly logo! Learn more and purchase at

Tee Mate
The Tee Mate is the premier golf tee, ball marker, divot tool, and scoring pencil organizer made from aluminum. Never start a game of golf without enough tees again! Learn more and purchase at

Uncapped is a new take on the traditional bottle opener with a few innovative tweaks using high quality stainless steel and African Mahogany. Powerful magnets have been embedded into the wood to catch falling caps and allows the device to be mounted onto a variety of surfaces such as your fridge.