For Immediate Release
February 2, 2017

Contact: Robyn Kontra

Cal Poly to Host Packaging Industry Symposium Feb. 9

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly will host the 2017 Poly Pack Symposium to give packaging professionals, academics and students the chance to discuss industry trends, learn new techniques and network on Thursday, Feb. 9, in the Advanced Technology Laboratories building (Building 7) on campus.

“Packaging the Future” is this year’s theme. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and features presentations from packaging leaders at corporations around the nation, including DOW Chemical Co.,, Lansmont Corp.

Senior Packaging Engineer Chris Birgers, who studied at Cal Poly and has designed signature packaging for Apple and Fitbit, will discuss packaging the advancement of technology packaging. Other presentations will explore topics including sustainability, supply chain efficiency, e-commerce and materials innovations. The event concludes with a tour of Cal Poly’s packaging labs with the program’s faculty.

The annual event, which is put on by the student club Poly Pack, is intended for packaging and marketing professionals as well as community members interested in the industry.

After the symposium, Poly Pack will host the Egg Drop competition at the San Luis Obispo Farmers Market beginning at 6 p.m. The Cal Poly Packaging Program booth will be set up at the corner of Higuera and Garden streets. Participants can construct protective packaging for an egg, which will be dropped from a height of 30 feet. Awards will be given for best-improvised packaging, best pre-made kit construction and top professional product submission. Eggs will be provided; participants may not bring their own eggs.

Registration for the symposium is $250 per person and free for students. Participants can also register for a celebratory banquet and silent auction at Café Roma in San Luis Obispo that will begin at 8 p.m. For more information and registration, visit

About the Orfalea College of Business and Cal Poly
Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business prepares career-ready, global business leaders through the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. The undergraduate program offers a polytechnic education in a broad range of disciplines in business administration, economics, and industrial technology and packaging. The college also offers master’s degrees in business administration, business analytics, accounting, taxation and economics. It is one of six academic colleges at Cal Poly, a nationally ranked, four-year comprehensive public university in San Luis Obispo, Calif. For more information, visit

# # #