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Faculty and Staff Profile

Charles Tonkin

Chair, Department of Graphic Communications
Director, Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design & Graphics

Office: 207C Godfrey Hall
Phone: 864-656-5686

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Computer Science
Clemson University 2011

MS Industrial Education
Clemson University 1994

BS Mechanical Engineering
Clemson University 1992

 Courses Taught

GC 4800


Dr. Chip Tonkin is the Chair of the Department of Graphic Communications and Director of the Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design & Graphics. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters of Industrial Education in Graphic Communications and a PhD in Computer Science from Clemson University, and was in the packaging and printing industry for almost 15 years at International Paper before joining Clemson University to launch the Sonoco Institute. This move from industry was a unique opportunity to create an environment that brought together multiple academic disciplines with engaged industry partners to drive innovative packaging development, greatly expand student and faculty opportunities, and act as a catalyst for research into "game changing" technologies. This combination of practical experience, strong technical background, and broad exposure to diverse markets and customer voices gives him an unusual perspective in the graphics, print and packaging worlds.

 Research Interests

Printed electronics and other functional printing applications
Color Management
Consumer behavior as it relates to package design