Consumer Packaging Student Awarded at CSU Research Competition

Trevor Lowe presenting his research.

On April 28 and 29, a contingent of 13 Cal Poly students participated in the 31st Annual CSU Student Research Competition, held at Cal Poly. They were among approximately 240 students presenting the results of their research and creative efforts. The Cal Poly students were selected in a campus-wide competition to represent us at the event and they all did so with distinction. The university has announced that five Cal Poly projects received awards:

Trevor Lowe, an undergraduate student in Business Administration with a Consumer Packaging Concentration, received a second-place award in the Undergraduate and Graduate Interdisciplinary category for his project, “Using Eye-Tracking and Task Analyses to Understand Human-Package Interactions.” (Faculty adviser: Javier de la Fuente, Industrial Technology and Packaging).

John Stepanek, an undergraduate student in Biological Sciences, received a first-place award in the undergraduate Biological and Agricultural Sciences category for his work, “Stress-Induced Color Change in Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus helleri).” (Faculty adviser: Emily Taylor, Biological Sciences).

David Bilger, an undergraduate Chemistry student, received a second-place award in the undergraduate Physical and Mathematical Sciences category for his work, “Multi-Scale Assembly of Polythiophene-Surfactant Supramolecular Complexes for Charge Transport Anisotropy.” (Faculty adviser: Shanju Zhang, Chemistry and Biochemistry).

Laura Fleischman, an undergraduate student in Physics, received a second-place award in the undergraduate Physical and Mathematical Sciences category for her work, “Black Holes Stuck on Black Strings: Saving Cosmic Censorship.” (Faculty adviser: Scott Fraser, Physics)

Julia Roche, an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering, received a second-place award in the Undergraduate Engineering and Computer Science category for her work, “Reverse Sprinkler: Solved!” (Faculty adviser: Russ Westphal, Mechanical Engineering). The other Cal Poly participants (listed by name, department, advisor, competition category) were:

  • Lauren Bell, Sarah Quon, Camille Tolleshaug, and Elaina Gates; Food Science and Nutrition; Peggy Papathakis; Undergraduate Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences.
  • Emily Matthews; Political Science; Shelley Hurt; Undergraduate Behavioral and Social Sciences.
  • Wren Thompson; Biological Sciences; Clinton Francis; Undergraduate Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Katelyn Tomasello; Music and Psychology; Alyson McLamore and Debra Valencia-Laver; Undergraduate and Graduate Interdisciplinary
  • Sayaka Tsugai; Political Science; Ning Zhang; Undergraduate Humanities and Letters

The accomplishments of these students attest to the excellence of Cal Poly’s academic programs and the commitment and quality of our faculty. More information on the competition and complete results can be found on the competition website:

About Cal Poly’s Packaging Program
Cal Poly’s Packaging Program is part of the Orfalea College of Business. As the only program of its kind in a business school, it combines a full continuum of packaging design, development and testing courses with supply chain logistics and business strategy courses. The curriculum is rooted in applied research and the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Cal Poly’s Packaging Program serves leading companies in agriculture, retail, technology and manufacturing by providing top talent and valuable research.

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