Packaging Program
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

FAX: 812-237-7607

Packaging Profession

Package engineer/technologist create, design and manage a package development process that is vital to the society in which we live. Package engineers/technologists are employed by the raw material manufacturers, package converters, package machine manufacturers and end-user corporations. Material manufacturers produce plastics, paper, metals, and glass. Package converters form packages using these raw materials. The automated machines are used to fill contents and form completed packages for distribution by the end-users. End-user has to design and select the most effective packaging systems for their product.

Recently, the importance of packaging as part of the quality enhancement and marketing tool has become increasingly apparent. This has generated a great demand for specially trained professionals to work in the packaging industry.

Undergraduate Packaging Program

The four-year Packaging program at ISU is based on a solid foundation by balancing the principles with hands-on understanding of packaging concepts. To prepare the students for challenging careers in packaging, the ISU packaging program provides basic understanding of chemistry, math, and physics. Using this fundamental knowledge, the students will take courses in material science, package development, computer applications, testing, machinery, management, and distribution. The students who have artistic talents are able to put more emphasis in graphic arts. Business oriented students can emphasize more in management courses. In addition to technical courses, the students will enhance the intellectual capacity by taking general education courses.

Core Packaging Classes:

o IMT 282-Packaging Fundamentals I
o IMT 284-Packaging Fundamentals II
o IMT 380-Package Development
o IMT 383-Packaging Machines
o IMT 384-Packaging Materials and Analysis
o IMT 480-Distribution Packaging and Design Analysis

Research Focus

1. Applications of polymer physical chemistry in antimicrobial packaging materials in shelf-life extension of processed food.

2. Controlled release systems in food and pharmaceuticals.

3. Optimium package design for minimum damage and package cost.

For more information, please contact Dr. James Paik at

Packaging Related Sites
1. Michigan State University
2. Customized Packaging Service

last updated date: 2-24-97