A team of Millersville students won first place in the structural category of a recent packaging design competition held by the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters (AICC). Another team placed second in design and third in the structural categories. The students are Graphic Communication majors in Applied Engineering and Technology Management. Their contest entries were completed as part of the curriculum in their “Packaging & Specialty Printing” course.
The contest requires students to solve a unique packaging problem each year as posed by the AICC. This objective of this year’s challenge was to create a “March Madness Party Pack” to be on display at a local retail store promoting a “March Madness” basketball theme. The graphics were supposed to create a “Wow Factor” when first viewed by the recipient and the structural design had to withstand the rigors of courier delivery.
The annual AICC Student Packaging Design Competition honors the best student designs (across two categories) and allows AICC member companies a glimpse of what’s in store for the future of the corrugated packaging industry. Entry into the student competition provides students with the best opportunity to show off their talent and creativity to corrugated packaging and display professionals from around the world.
The team of Jesse Torres, Mikael Baez and Kierstin McDonald developed the “Marauders Basketball Party Pack” that was selected by AICC as the First Place winner in the Design to an Opportunity – Structural category. The judges said that their design was appealing, easy to reproduce and manufacture, and most importantly, was structurally sound. The team will receive a cash award in the amount of $500, to be divided equally by the team members. In addition to the monetary award, they will each receive an engraved plaque commemorating their win in the competition. Also, because they won first place, their team leader, Jesse Torres, will get to attend the AICC/TAPPI SuperCorrExpo conference, being held October 17-20, 2016 at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, FL. This will be an all-expenses paid trip for Jesse.
The second team consisted of students Thelmelis Abreu, Katie Heilenman, Gaby Mata-Lopez, and Kyle Welker. Their project, titled “MU March Madness Party Pack” was selected by the committee as the Second Place winner in the Design to an Opportunity – Structural category and the Third Place winner in the Graphics category. Their team will receive a cash award in the amount of $400, to be divided equally by their team members and they, too, will receive an engraved plaque.
Dr. Mark Snyder the professor for the Graphic Communication class that prepares students to enter this contest stated, “we place pretty consistently in this contest but we haven’t won a first place award since 2012. This year’s class was talented and very dedicated.” Congratulations to all the Graphic Communication student winners in this year’s AICC contest.
You can learn about all of the majors in the Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology department at: http://www.millersville.edu/aest/degrees/index.php