Poly Pack Symposium 2016

Innovations in Packaging

April 20th to 21st


The Poly Pack Symposium is a day long event which gathers packaging professionals from around the nation to discuss new topics, learn new techniques, and network with each other and our students. This year’s event will take place on April 21st with the theme of Innovations in Packaging. During the course of the day there will be industry speakers, panel discussion and facility tours. In addition the annual egg drop contest and a banquet will be hosted by the packaging student club.


To register for the Poly Pack Symposium, please follow these links accordingly:

Who Should Attend

  • Package Development Engineers, Managers and Directors
  • Marketing Managers and Executives
  • Packaging Materials, Machinery, Service and Solution Providers
  • Packaging Consultants
  • Projects Managers
  • R&D Managers from CPG and Converter Companies

Sponsorship Information

Gold Level Sponsor

With a sponsored amount of $750, your company will receive two tickets to the event and two complimentary tickets to banquet. In addition, placement of your company logo on the Poly Pack website, recognition at specific events.

Silver Level Sponsor

With a sponsored amount of $500, your company will receive one ticket to the event and one complimentary ticket to banquet. In addition, placement of your company logo on the Poly Pack website, recognition at specific events.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact either:
Macintyre Peek at mpeek@calpoly.edu
Koushik Saha at ksaha@calpoly.edu

Symposium Schedule (Thursday, April 21, 2016)

The Symposium venue is in the Performing Arts Center on Grand Avenue. Please refer to this mapParking permits can be purchased at the indicated ‘Permit Dispensers.’ Please allot 15 minutes to find parking. Suggested Parking Lots: ‘Grand Parking’ structure (130) and the K1 parking lot.

Time Company/Speaker Presentation Location
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
9:00-9:15 Opening and Introduction Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
9:15-9:45 DOW Chemical Company
Jill Martin
Fellow – Packaging & Specialty Plastics
Packaging Value Growth Through Conversion Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
9:45-10:15 MONOSOL
Yash Parulekar, Ph. D
Senior Manager, Strategic Marketing
Developments in Water-Soluble Packaging for Detergents Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Edwards LifeSciences
Vipul RajPara
Corporate Packaging Engineering
An Approach to Establish Specification and Case Study Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
11:00-11:30 WestPak
Andrew Bevil
Calibration and Test Engineer
New Package Innovations, Same Fundamental Purpose Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
11:30-12:00 OIA Global
Brandon Ripley
Regional Business Development Manager
Packaging Design and Process Control Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
12:00-12:45 Lunch Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
12:45-13:15 Big Heart Pet Brands
Paul Baker
Group Manager, Packaging Innovations
Designing for the Consumer Experience Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
13:15-13:45 Ecologic Brands
Greg Rodrigues
Entrepreneurial Packaging Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
13:45-14:30 SONOS
Michelle Enright, Thomas Redford and Matthew Chung
Innovation: Delivering the Experience of Joy Performing Arts Center – Pavilion
15:00-16:00 Lab Tour Packaging Labs
Bldg 21 Engineering West
18:00-19:30 Egg Drop  Farmers Market, Higuera and Garden Street 
19:30-22:00 Banquet with Silent Auction Cafe Roma