The new center will foster innovative applied research with partners from industry, according to Maria Rubino, assistant professor of packaging science. Using specialized equipment, the center will evaluate plastic materials and packaging, investigating issues like shelf life and recycling.
“Through hands-on experience with advanced equipment, students will gain a better understanding of industry needs,” says Rubino. The center, part of RIT’s College of Applied Science and Technology, will offer workshops for manufacturers and new undergraduate courses emphasizing team projects.
“With the addition of this equipment, RIT’s packaging science program will grow in recognition as a leader in food and pharmaceutical packaging research,” says Karen Proctor, professor and chair of RIT’s packaging science program. For more details about RIT, phone 585/475-2278, or visit www.rit.edu.