to Revitalize Packaging Engineering with Support from
An October 28, 2011 fundraising dinner at Rutgers University
raised $110,000 to revitalize packaging engineering
studies in the university’s School of Engineering.
The fundraising event, organized by the Rutgers Packaging
Engineering Advisory Board, drew more than 100 participants
including packaging industry executives, Rutgers officials
and a large contingent of students from the School of
Engineering. Topline president, Charles Chang, is chair
of the Advisory Board.
The contributions raised by the Advisory Board are earmarked
for curriculum development, faculty recruitment, research
and development, and student scholarships and internships.
The Advisory Board is also undertaking an ambitious
fundraising effort to establish a professorship endowed
chair of packaging engineering at Rutgers. The goal
is to raise $1.5 million from regional companies and
suppliers in the packaging industry.
“An endowed chair will give Rutgers packaging
engineering a solid legitimacy in the academic arena,”
said Charles Chang. “It will enable the program
to undertake significant research and development initiatives
in packaging engineering and will leverage additional
funding from other sources as well.”
The October 28th dinner, which will become an annual
event, achieved and surpassed its fundraising goal with
the help of many industry sponsors including Bayer HealthCare,
Equity Packaging, Topline Products, Cultech, Estée
Lauder, InterParfums, and L’Oréal Paris.
In addition to these and other companies, the Rutgers
Packaging Engineering Advisory Board membership includes
representatives from Avon, Bristol Myers Squibb, Colgate-Palmolive,
Johnson & Johnson, Mally Beauty, HCP-USA Packaging,
Pfizer, Coty, Mary Kay, and Revlon.
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engineering students honored at fundraising dinner by
the Advisory Board