Three Clemson Packaging Science Seniors Honored

            Three Clemson Packaging Science seniors were recently recognized at the CAFLS Outstanding Senior Recognition Ceremony and Reception for each of their strong academic career and dedication to the packaging science program. The recipients were selected by packaging science faculty members and were honored Friday, April 13 at 4:00 PM at the Clemson University Outdoor Lab.  Allison Littman and Erin Snyder both received the Harris Smith Faculty Choice Award, while Andrew Rabley was a recipient of the Packaging World Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award.

             Allison Littman is a native of Nashville, and is very interested in sustainable packaging, particularly environmental engineering. Through her involvement with Dr. Kay Cooksey’s Creative Inquiry team, she applied sustainable packaging to compostability and biodegradability research. She has held several packaging science internships during her time at Clemson, allowing her to learn more about the field of sustainable packaging. These include stints at Dean Foods (Denver, CO), Ecovative Design (Green Island, NY), and Hewlett-Packard (Palo Alto, CA). While at HP, she even filed a patent and published a paper, titled, “Exploring Advanced Metering Infrastructure Deployments for Commercial and Industrial Sites”. Allison’s career goals involve “discovering how sustainability initiatives can be effectively applied to packaging concepts to create measurable and profitable results”.

            Erin Snyder hails from Laurel, MD, and her emphasis area within the program is package design and graphics. She spends much of her time at Clemson’s Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics, where, under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Hurley, much of her research and Creative Inquiry classes take place. Erin has been involved with five different CI classes at Clemson, all under the direction of Dr. Hurley, whom she credits for much of her success within the program. These projects range from corrugated furniture, point-of-purchase displays, and blister packs for a CAFLS USB drive. “It’s a good feeling to walk into a Target or Lowes and see something on a store shelf I made from start to finish [at the Sonoco Institute],” she says. As for her career goals, Erin hopes to go into academia and become a college professor one day. She says, “the idea of teaching others what I am so passionate about truly makes me excited.”

            Andrew Rabley, the recipient of the Packaging World Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award, is originally from Irmo, SC. His emphasis area within the program is in food and healthcare packaging, and he plans to take this knowledge with him to medical school at MUSC in the fall. Andrew has been a part of Dr. Cooksey’s Medical Packaging Creative Inquiry team and has also held a seven-month co-op at Kimberly Clark in 2010. When asked to describe what this award means to him, he explains: “I’m very honored and humbled to have been selected for this award. It feels great to be recognized for 4 and a half years of hard work!”

Alllison Littman

Erin Snyder

Andrew Rabley