An interdisciplinary team of three Cal Poly students took first place in the 48 Hour Repack 2016, a national student packaging design challenge presented by the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ Southeast Chapter. The competition’s organizers selected a series of consumer products in need of packaging innovation and challenged students to create new designs in two days. Seniors Brooke Billmeyer of Solana Beach, Calif. and Macintyre Peek of San Marcos, Calif. teamed with art and design sophomore Samuel Baber of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. for the contest. Over the course of a weekend in January, the team developed a new idea for packaging Keurig K-cup individual coffee pods.
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Four teams of Cal Poly students took home first-, second- and third-place awards and an honorable mention in 2016’s Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Student Packaging Awards Competition.

The first-place team created Jimmy Hats, a new approach to traditional condom packaging. Jimmy Hats feature a new design of the condom wrapper itself, and a sleek, branded box that differentiates it from competitors on the store shelf. The concept was created by industrial technology and packaging students Nacho Montez, Nick Kriley and Sean Gorman with graphic design students Remy Miller, Jade Zuspan and Pedro Rodriguez.


A third Cal Poly team earned third place for its sushi packaging concept, Oishi. Made of low-cost, biodegradable materials such as paper-molded pulp, Oishi is a convenient and sustainable package that protects the sushi roll and doubles as a stackable tray with compartments for sauces and chopsticks. It was designed by graphic design students Doug Huynh, Mari Eguchi and Mariana Lopez as well as industrial technology and packaging students Alex Yeo, Tom Hickel, Jack Hoffmann and Eric Findley.

Another Cal Poly team took second place for The Merry Seedsters. The product featured seeds embedded in compostable paper strips to make planting easier. The design also doubled as garden labels to identify the planted vegetables. It was created by industrial technology and packaging students Emily Mallett, Nicholai Busch and Wilson Packard with graphic design students Skye Rainey, Ally Bender and Allison Freeman.




Cal Poly students also received an honorable mention for their product, Cowler, which provides a convenient and easy way to spread cream cheese on the go with single-serving packages of different flavors. The lid of the package doubled as a disposable spreading tool. Industrial technology and packaing students Rebecca Kisch, Sarah Ma, Ben Bassett and Austin Turner collaborated with graphic design students Lauren Miller, Chris Ross and Jenna Castillo on the design.

Under the guidance of Cal Poly Professor Ajay Kathuria, one team of students took first place in the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s (PMMI) 2015 annual PACK Solutions Challenge after presenting its proposal for a pharmaceutical packaging line to a panel of industry experts. The team included industrial technology and packaging seniors Nick Abbatelli (San Jose), Rebecca Kisch (Paso Robles), Jeff Norton (Emerald Hills) and Patrick Salibi (Felton). The students will share a $4,000 scholarship for their first-place finish. The group’s poster presentation also earned the People’s Choice Award during the conference.

Cal Poly Wins Annual PACK Solutions Challenge

Cal Poly students at the PACKEXPO 2015 conference took first place at the Paperboard Packaging Alliance (PPA) Student Design Challenge, which challenged university teams from across the U.S. and Canada to create limited edition, innovative toy packaging that could also be reused as an interactive structure with the toy. Cal Poly’s team came first out of 53 entries with a Star Wars light saber toy that extended and collapsed from the handle.The team included four students from Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business: business administration majors Alyssa Harben (Auburn) and Griffin Meinken (Windsor), economics major Michael Udinski (Pleasanton), and industrial technology major Austin Turner (Atherton). The group was awarded $5,000 in cash, along with a $5,000 gift to Cal Poly’s Packaging Program to improve student labs.

Another team of Cal Poly students earned an honorable mention in the PPA competition for their packaging design for a Lego Movie board game. The team included industrial technology majors Catlin Khamashta and Jonathan Molnar, business administration majors Josephina Ma, Jennifer Block and Trevor Smith, and art and design major Doug Huynh.


Cal Poly ITP students placed second in the nation in the 48 Hour Re-Pack 2015, a competition that challenges students to redesign a consumer product’s packaging in just two days. Industrial technology and packagingstudents Rebecca Kisch, Janel Takeda, Sally Yingst, Sarah Deffner and Caitlin Khamasta recently traveled to Atlanta, Ga. for their final presentation and the awards ceremony. The team received $2,000 in prize money along with their awards.

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