New Degree Launch: Packaging Engineering Technology

The department has been authorized to offer a new Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging Engineering Technology (PET) starting in Fall 2021. Packaging Engineering Technology focuses on the application of scientific, technological, industrial design and business principles to the development of packages and packaging materials, including raw material production, conversion of raw materials into usable forms, industrial design, distribution, and post-use recycling and reuse. This program includes instruction (and hands-on technical experiences) related to principles of packaging, materials testing, package design (graphics & structural), prototype construction, print for packaging, manufacturing, as well as related business and marketing concepts including packaging regulations and quality control. The curriculum will primarily focus around the corrugated cardboard packaging industry and students are currently being accepted into the major. For more information about the program contact Dr. Mark Snyder at

Progress Update for AEST Innovation Center

The AEST Innovation Center has made some forward progress over the past academic year. A site was chosen for the building on Centennial Road near the ATM machine on the southern end of campus. A professional cost estimate was performed by an external, with the flexibility to scale the facility up or down based upon available funds. While close to $150,000 has already been raised from private supporters towards this project, the University is in need of additional support to make this a reality.  There are a variety of naming opportunities and ways to support the project available. Continue reading “Progress Update for AEST Innovation Center”