Mr. Kyle Dunno, a Research Associate and Laboratory
Coordinator in the Packaging Science program at Clemson University, has been
awarded the Professional level certification in the CPLP program through the
International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). The Professional level is the
highest level of CPLP (Certified Professional in Learning and Performance)
certification. Mr. Dunno joins fellow packaging faculty member, Mr. Greg Batt,
as one of only 20 in the world to carry this distinction.
The ISTA Certified Packaging Laboratory
Professional (CPLP) Program encourages and recognizes
development and excellence in packaging laboratory professionals. Manufacturers
can improve their ability to achieve effective, economical packaging when their
own people receive this unique training. CPLP certification is particularly
valuable for enhancing the credibility of people involved with ISTA testing and
ISTA certified laboratory operations. Professional-level certification is based
on a résumé of industry activities and accomplishments.
In his role as Laboratory Coordinator at Clemson, Kyle is
responsible for the Sonoco Transit Test Lab, managing day-to-day operations. He
took the position after graduating from Clemson with a B.S. in Packaging in May
of 2006. He then earned an M.S. in Packaging in 2008, with a thesis based on
developing PSD profiles for aircraft vibration of turbo propeller aircraft.
Kyle presented his findings at ISTA’s Forum in 2009. He is currently working on
a Ph.D. in Food Technology. His research is focused on the distribution of
retort pouches being transported and how the hazards experienced throughout the
transport can shorten the expected shelf life. As Kyle continues his own
education, he is in a position to teach and educate undergraduate and graduate
students at Clemson. Classes he’s taught and continue to teach include
Packaging for Distribution, Packaged-Product Testing, and Packaging Fundamentals
Kyle has been an active member of ISTA since 2006. He serves
as the Clemson lab’s Delegate and has worked with ISTA Staff in the past
coordinating guest speakers in classes and serving as a resource for technical
questions. He is also a member of IoPP and NIPHLE. Kyle is a popular presenter
at conferences, presenting for ISTA, NIPHLE and IAPRI. His findings from his
Master’s thesis findings have been published in the Journal of Packaging Technology and Science (December 2009).