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Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) attended the 2015 TransPack Forum in Orlando, Florida, on April 8 – 10, 2015.  CBU was one of the 24 exhibitors at the event.  Other university exhibitors were packaging programs at Clemson, Michigan State, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech.  On the way to the forum, Dr. Pong gave a talk on CBU packaging research at the packaging engineering program at University of Florida in Gainesville on April 6th.

thai1Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) also gave a one-day packaging seminar at the Thai Packaging Centre, National Research Council of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, on June 2, 2015.  About 50 people from 25 companies attended the workshop.  More pictures of the event can be viewed at:


CBU also welcomed three undergraduate students from the Department of Packaging Technology and Materials, Kasetsart University, Thailand, to intern with CBU ISTA certified packaging lab in June and July.  Students worked on a research project on insulation property of some industrial and agricultural waste materials, which may lead to new environmental-friendly insulated containers in the future. The three undergraduate also passed the two-hour ISTA CPLP Technician Exam. They now join 200+ packaging professionals worldwide and 13 other CBU students as an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician.


In the photo are (l-r): Possawat Poonpurmsiri, Poomtawan Tiapradit, Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), and Chonnavee Tarkarnviroj. They received a CBU CPLP Technician paperweight in addition to CPLP Technician Certificate from ISTA.

More ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians Added to CBU Packaging Lab
The following students were listed as a new ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician in the June 2015 issue of ista views: Alana Byrd (ChE), Joseph Ferris (ME’15), Antoine Herve (ECAM Exchange Student), Sebastian Polania (ME), Yuliana Luna (CEE), and Anne Youngblood (ME). The newsletter can be viewed at:  For a complete list of CBU students, faculty, and staff, who have received ISTA certification can be found at:

Packaging Consortium Updates
The Memphis Bioworks Foundation ( became a member of CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium in May of 2015.  The focus of the consortium aligns with its mission.  In addition, Evergreen Packaging ( rejoined the consortium in June of 2015.  It was one of the seven member companies when the consortium was established in 2010.  It was a member for the first two years, but left due to some changes in the company.  Dr. Geoffrey Nobes, Polymer Scientist/Technology Manager, serves as its representative on the Healthcare Packaging Consortium.  With these two new members, the consortium now has 13 active member companies: Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Bayer Consumer Care, Memphis Bioworks, MicroPort Orthopedics, Olympus Surgical Technologies America, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, The Pallet Factory, The Royal Group, Wright Medical, and WS Packaging.  For more information about the consortium, please visit:

Recent Publications
An article entitled “Effect of Temperature on Drinking Water Bottles” was published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, Volume 3, Number 1, pp 147-157, May 18, 2015.  Authors include Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering), Robert Moats (Engineering Lab Technician), Antoine Herve (Exchange Student from ECAM, France), Joseph Ferris (ME’15), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), and Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering). This is part of an on-going R&D project sponsored by Walmart.  A full manuscript can be downloaded at:

An article entitled “Experimental Verification of McKee Formula” authored by Badar Aloumi (MSEM), Waleed Alnashwan (MSEM), Siripong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Alex Othmani (ME), Michael Kist (MSEM), Nathan Sampson (EM), Sebastian Polania (ME), Yuliana Sanchez-Luna (CE), Matthew Johnson (EM), and Ronald Fotso (CS) was recently published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, 3(1), 129-137, 2015.  The article can be downloaded at: