ICPF Provides Awards to Expand Millersville & Indiana State Universities' Packaging Design Programs
In 2008, ICPF installed a CAD table and design software at Millersville University (MU) to introduce a packaging design program for Millersville University’s graphic design students within the university’s Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology. Upon receiving an award request this past year from MU, ICPF placed a TMI crush tester and a TMI burst tester to initiate new corrugated testing lab courses at the university that will commence this winter/summer 2019 semester. As part of the award agreement, Millersville University additionally purchased a densometer and a TMI cobb sizing tester to add to the lab. In addition to providing MU design students further knowledge on corrugated materials, the testing lab also will be used for early outreach and education for Pennsylvania high school STEM students that is provided each summer by MU’s College of Technology and Science.

TMI provided a special ICPF discount on all TMI testing equipment purchased by ICPF and the Millersville University.

Indiana State University (ISU) also conducts a packaging design track within its graphic communication program that is administered under the College of Technology. The university applied to ICPF’s university packaging award program this past year as well. Indiana State will be provided up to $126,375 over three years to expand its corrugated packaging curriculum, to create new certificate programs for corrugated sales, corrugated design and structural design, and to conduct annual outreach to recruit upcoming high school graduates into ISU’s packaging design program. The short term goal for the end of the second year is a 25% or more increase in the annual number of ISU students being prepared for a corrugated packaging career by the end of the second year.

The assistance provided to Millersville and Indiana State is a part of the ICPF’s 2018 - 2021 Corrugated Packaging University Endowment Awards program in which ICPF’s 25 partner universities, as well as other colleges around the country were invited to submit proposals to expand or create new corrugated curricula. Eleven campuses that submitted proposals to create or expand corrugated curricula were selected to sign partnership / asset placement agreements to receive ICPF purchased equipment, donated design software and funding for up to three years.

This past summer and fall, universities across the nation additionally were invited to submit new corrugated packaging curricula proposals in 2019 for ICPF’s annual university packaging award assistance. The proposals that are received this year will be considered for asset placements and funding in 2020.