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Clemson Announces Fall 2023 Outstanding Packaging Science Senior Award Winners

Clemson University announces two Fall 2023 awards. Sarah Lynskey is the Robert Testin Outstanding Senior in Packaging Science winner, and Leah Severance becomes the Packaging World Outstanding Packaging Science Senior.

Leah Severance (left) is the Packaging World Outstanding Packaging Science Senior, and Sarah Lynskey (right) becomes the Robert Testin Outstanding Senior in Packaging Science winner, both for fall 2023.
Leah Severance (left) is the Packaging World Outstanding Packaging Science Senior, and Sarah Lynskey (right) becomes the Robert Testin Outstanding Senior in Packaging Science winner, both for fall 2023.

Sarah Lynskey, Clemson University Robert Testin Outstanding Senior in Packaging Science winner for Fall 2023

While at Clemson, Sarah Lynskey has been active in the Packaging Science Club, holding various executive board positions. She is currently in her third semester as Club Vice President and has enjoyed connecting with peers and industry professionals through this role. Academically, she engaged in creative projects like packaging life cycle analysis (LCA) studies, integrating post-consumer recycled content into blown films, planning zero-waste events, and volunteering for the Gameday Recycling Challenge. She also interned for the past three semesters in the Prototyping Lab at The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics on campus. 

Outside of class, she was a student co-director for the 2023 Packaging Jamboree and assisted in planning the 2023 Sonoco Fresh Summit reception. In 2022, she completed a co-op as an eCommerce and Environmental Impact Intern at Pregis in Naperville, Ill. Most recently, she spent her summer at Newell Brands as a packaging engineer Iintern in Huntersville, N.C. 

Following graduation, she plans to return to the Newell Brands packaging team. She is very appreciative for the time and resources the Clemson Packaging faculty have invested in her to help her achieve her goals.

Leah Severance, Packaging World Outstanding Packaging Science Senior winner for Fall 2023

Leah Severance is majoring in Packaging Science with a minor in Sustainability. She plans to graduate in December of 2023. Throughout her time at Clemson University, Leah has taken advantage of various opportunities, from the Sonoco Fresh Summit to PACK EXPO to studying abroad. In Fall 2021, she completed her first co-op with Colgate-Palmolive, working in a manufacturing facility and seeing production firsthand. In Spring 2023, Leah completed a second co-op with Hill’s Pet Nutrition on their R&D team. She shares that she plans to work on sustainable materials in the future and is currently involved with a special topics class studying compostable packaging. “I’ve really enjoyed my time with Clemson,” Severance says, “and I’m excited to see the program continue to grow.” PW

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