Clemson Packaging Science major, Alan Belcher, has been selected by the Packaging Science faculty at Clemson University to participate in PMMI’s first annual “How It’s Packaged” Student Summer Tour. PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute) is a packaging trade organization with over 500 member companies. Alan will join other top packaging students from around the country on a 6-day trip to the Chicago-Milwaukee area to get an inside view of the packaging industry at work. Students will be taken to PMMI member company plants where they can talk with packaging engineers and machinery designers about the latest technology and how machinery is shaping the industry. Students will be taken to select end user installations where they will learn first-hand about how products are packaged and about the control systems that make it all happen.
In addition, the trip will offer students the chance to enjoy many of the attractions in the Chicago-Milwaukee area. Students will have the opportunity to visit historic Wrigley Field, experience the amazing Chicago architecture, and enjoy the best eating and entertainment spots around. It will be a week filled with education, networking and fun.
Alan Belcher is currently a senior Packaging Science major and Business Administration minor at Clemson. Outside of the classroom, Alan has participated in Clemson's semester long study abroad program at Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia and also completed a six month co-op with ConAgra Foods' Frozen Foods Division in Omaha, Nebraska. This summer Alan will be enrolled in a Michigan State course studying packaging systems in the United Kingdom to learn how they differ from those used in North America. Alan’s main interests in packaging are food packaging systems and sustainability efforts. After graduation, Alan’s ideal job would be to work with a consumer packaged goods (CPG) company on sustainable packaging solutions.
The PMMI Education & Workforce Development Committee has selected Clemson University to participate in this program due to its commitment to packaging education and the school’s geographic location. “We are looking for these students to be ambassadors for this program and we would also invite them to attend PACK EXPO Las Vegas to share their experience with fellow students,” says Maria Ferrante, Vice President, Education & Workforce Development at PMMI.