Top Colleges for 'Packaging' Science or Engineering

Dec. 28, 2015 - Dec. 28, 2015 ( - Did you ever stop to wonder what great minds came up with the ideas for those devilishly difficult packages children's toys come in? Or who thought up the idea for department store boxes that pop into shape after a series of bends and folds only a student of origami could have designed?

Tamper proof, child resistant, recyclable, sturdy and attractive are some of many goals manufacturers impose on package designers. And it's only when packaging somehow intrudes on enjoyment that most consumers even notice what might go into designing the seemingly impenetrable plastic clamshell sheltering a product.

It turns out that packaging is big business. According to the experts at Virginia Tech, packaging is the “third largest industry in the world” ($420 billion) and is growing at a rate of four percent per year.

And colleges are beginning to catch on. A pioneer in the industry, Michigan State University established one of the original programs in 1952—first as a discipline within the MSU Department of Forest Products and then in 1957 as an independent school within the university. Virginia Tech locates its program within the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, while Rutgers claims to offer “the nation's only packaging program in the nation housed in an engineering school.”

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