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Charles Tonkin

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
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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business | 343 Chandler L. Burns Hall, Clemson, S.C. 29634