Poly Pack Symposium 2018

Visualize: Packaging and Beyond

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The package serves as an opportunity to add value in the entirety of the packaging value chain, from its branding, selection of materials, time in transit, environmental impact, arrival at the customer’s doorsteps and beyond. Poly Pack’s Symposium 2018 sheds light into how these challenges are tackled by industry professionals.



The Poly Pack Symposium is an one-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 Thursday, February 22th, 2018. During the course of the day there will be industry speakers, panel discussion, and facility tours. In addition the annual Egg Drop Contest, Silent Auction, and banquet will be hosted by PolyPack, the packaging student club.


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
  • Packaging Students


For registration and sponsorship details, click the link below:

Directions and Parking

– Please allot 45 minutes to find parking and walk to the venue.

– Parking Permits are to be purchased at “Pay Stations” before parking pay stations

– Parking: R3 (4th and 5th floor) Parking Lot (Google Maps)

  Venue: Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) Bldg 7 (Google Maps)


Symposium Reception

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Co-Hosted by PCA & WestPak

Venue: Creeky Tiki at 8:00 PM (Google Maps)


Symposium Schedule (Thursday, February 22, 2018)

Time Company/Speaker        Presentation Location    
8:30-9:00 Continental Breakfast    ATL
9:00-9:15 Opening and Introduction    ATL
9:15-9:45 DOW Chemical Company

Jill Martin

Looking Up the Value Chain: A Raw Material Supplier’s Approach to Innovation ATL
9:45-10:15 DuPont

Jennifer Benolken

MDM Specialist,

Packaging Engineering

DuPont Medical &

Pharmaceutical Packaging

  What Will the Future of Sterile Medical Device Packaging Look Like?   ATL
10:15-10:30 Break  
10:30-11:00 Printpack

Scott Mitchell

Market Development Manager

Digital Printing for Flexible Packaging: Enhancing UX and Creating Value  ATL
11:00-11:30 HB Fuller

Rachel Gibbons

Global Business Director

Creating Business Advantage with Packaging ATL
11:30-12:00 Alumni Panel

Rebecca Kisch, Paul Marchetti, Jay CrespoCatlin Khamashta

Navigating the Career Landscape within the Packaging Industry.

Insights, Discussion, and Q&A from Cal Poly Packaging Alumni

12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-13:15 Specright

Victor Zapata

Account Executive

13:15-13:45 Niagara Bottling

Henry Castillo

Packaging Commercialization Manager

Designing Packaging for the Value-Oriented Consumer  ATL
13:45-14:15 Sealed Air

Mike Ovesen

Strategic Accounts Manager

e-Commerce Trends  ATL
14:15-14:30 Break  
14:30-15:00 WestPak

Nora Crivello

Supply Chain Evolution and Associated Packaging Challenges ATL
15:00-15:30 Integrated Waste Management Authority

Mike di Milo

Education Program Coordinator

The Road to Zero Waste   ATL
15:45-16:15 Lab Tour   Packaging Labs
Bldg 21 Engineering West
18:00-19:30 Egg Drop   Farmers Market, Higuera and Broad Street
19:30-22:00  Banquet & Silent Auction   Cafe Roma

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact either of our Symposium Directors:

Ivan Ramirez nramir24@calpoly.edu Kevin Marchetti, ktmarche@calpoly.edu


Symposium 2017 Photos