Student Awards

Alan Belcher, from Greer, South Carolina, is a senior Packaging Science major with a minor in Business Administration.  During his time at Clemson University, Alan has worked topromote study abroad through his role as Volunteer Student Advisor for GlobaLinks Abroad, served as co-mentorship chair in the Packaging Science Club, and worked towards his minor while studying at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. Some of Alan’s most notable accomplishments during his college career were to be awarded honorable mention in the 2012 PPA Student Design Challenge and to be named the recipient of the PMMI Future Leaders Award. For the PMMI Future Leaders Award, Alan was invited to represent Clemson University in a tour of packaging machinery manufacturers and end-user’s plants in the Chicago area with other representatives from packaging schools across the nation.  The aspects of packaging that interest Alan the most are food packaging and sustainability.  During the summer of 2013, Alan was selected to join the Michigan State University Packaging Department in a tour across the United Kingdom to learn more about sustainable packaging practices and innovations used abroad.  After graduation, Alan will return to work at ConAgra Foods in Omaha, Nebraska where he completed his co-op. 

Alan Belcher

Julie Dean is a Food Science major with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics from Greenwood, SC. Julie has maintained a 4.0 GPA while at Clemson and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Phi Tau Sigma Honor Society of Food Science and Technology. She has served as a volunteer at the Clemson Free Clinic and has also served as Philanthropy Chair in Student Government Association’s Transfer Council.  Julie will continue her education at The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Dentistry this fall.

Julia Dean

Kathryn ThompsonPackaging World Outstand Senior Nominee.  Thompson has continuously participated in extracurricular activities during her time at Clemson. She has been working at the Career Services Center in her college for several years and has also been an ambassador for her college and has served in many leadership roles in the Greek Life community. In her undergraduate studies Thompson has participated in a three semester long Creative Inquiry focused on medical device packaging and this year she will be co-presenting with SealedAir at HealthPack on an industry survey. She has participated in two co-op rotations at Campbell's Soup Company in Camden, NJ and Bimbo Bakeries USA in Chicago, IL both as roles in packaging engineering. Thompson will be continuing her packaging career after graduation in May with Dow Chemical as part of the Commercial Development Program.

Katie Thompson

Lyndsay Shackelford is from Pittsburgh, PA and is a senior in the Food Science major with a concentration in Food Science and Technology as well as a minor in Chemistry.  Her enthusiasm for Clemson is expressed through a variety of activities including her work at the 55’ Exchange, serving as a proud Ambassador for CAFLS, aiding fellow students as a food science major mentor, and holding a position as a Microbiology Laboratory TA Assistant.  Apart from food science, she has studied abroad in Australia and annually serve as a team captain for St. Jude Research Hospital (independently raising over $1,350).  Shackelford placed 2nd at the 92nd Annual International Dairy Product Evaluation Competition in Chicago, creating a multifunctional Greek yogurt-based dressing for entry into Danisco’s National New Product Development Competition. She will be continuing her education through graduate school at Clemson.

Lyndsay Shackelford

Natalie Quin is a Packaging Science Senior, from Florence, SC.  Her involvement at Clemson University includes Student Government Freshman Council Member, Packaging Science Club Officer, and Club Water Polo Player. Natalie collaborated on several Creative Inquiry teams with Food Science Students as the “Packaging Consultant”.  In 2011 Natalie’s team placed first in the Danisco Knowledge award competition with “Farmer Chad’s Very Veggie Dip with Gluten-Free Chips”.  In 2012 Natalie’s team placed second in the Research Chef’s Association Student Culinology Competition with “Texas Triangles with Smoky Polano Cheese Sauce”.  Other Creative Inquiry (CI) involvement includes PackExpo Booth design under Dr. Andrew Hurley in 2011 and 2013 and she has been a two year member of the packaging sustainability CI under Dr. Kay Cooksey. The sustainability CI led to her attendance of the Walmart Sustainability Conference in 2011 and 2013. Outside of school Natalie has interned with 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota and Nutra Manufacturing in Anderson, SC.  In 2012 Natalie started a packaging consulting firm, Sustainable Ally, with Allison Littman, a recent Clemson Packaging Science graduate. Upon graduation Natalie will pursue a career with 3M Company’s Medical Division.


Natalie Quin

Tyler Felt is a Packaging Science major (Athletic Leadership minor) from Greenville, SC. Tyler plans to graduate in May 2014. While at Clemson, Tyler worked on two different Creative Inquiry courses including an in-depth look into “Packaging in Athletics.” Tyler completed a co-op with Robert Bosch, LLC (Anderson, SC) where he excelled within the Logistics department. Tyler was a dedicated member of the Clemson Football Program and was a member of the 2011 ACC Championship team. Tyler is a member of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity where he served as Team Captain for Intramural Sports. Tyler is a member of the Packaging Science Club on campus and recently represented Clemson at the annual Pack Expo in Las Vegas, NV. Tyler has served as the project leader for a Salkehatchie Summer Service project site. In high school Tyler assisted in founding the first high school chapter of Ducks Unlimited (a non-profit) in the state of South Carolina. Tyler has been a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes since 2006 and is an active member at Alive Wesleyan Church in Central, SC. 

Tyler Felt