Online & Short Course Offerings

Check our events page often for current seminar and short course options here at MSU

Here are some commonly held events:

Short Courses:

Food Packaging Basics Course Fall
This hands-on workshop is designed for those who have a role in managing packaging for food and related operations within their organizations.  The workshop will offer full insight in all aspects of food packaging including function, materials, systems and processes, shelf life estimation, active packaging, modified atmosphere packaging, distribution, food security and more!  You will leave this course better prepared to implement functional design elements and sustainability practices to your company’s packaging and related operations.

Health Care Packaging Immersion Experience Fall (every 2 or 3 years)
The Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience is a unique educational event which brings together medical device packaging professionals and healthcare practitioners in a state-of-the-art healthcare simulation facility at Michigan State University.
MSU is the only university in the world that brings together the Colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine and Veterinary Medicine on one campus. The new Learning and Assessment Center (LAC) at MSU is a result of the collaborative vision of these colleges. This unique multi-college organization allows for better efficiency, new cross-college collaborations and the opportunity to model aspects of team care so important to achieving optimal patient outcomes and improving our healthcare system.
The Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience is a collaboration between the LAC (Human Medicine, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine, Veterinary Medicine), MSU's world renowned School of Packaging, and a distinguished panel of experts from across the medical packaging industry.
You will witness a simulated surgery, including the preparation of the operating room and medical device, an emergency department trauma event and (new this year) an obstetrics event that occurs in the back of an ambulance. Following the simulations, you and the other senior level packaging professionals will have a facilitated roundtable discussion with the doctors, nurses and paramedics to analyze the performance of the packaging in these contrasting environments.

Packaging Basics Spring
This hands-on workshop is designed for all levels of industry professionals that have a role in managing packaging and related operations within their organizations seeking a formal background in packaging concepts. The workshop will offer full insight in all aspects of packaging including function, materials, systems and processes, distribution, and more! You will leave this course better prepared to implement virtual design and sustainability practices to your company’s packaging and related operations.  This course is taught by School of Packaging Professors and Instructors and is reflective of the same core content instilled in our Undergraduate curriculum. The workshop is a total of 32 hours of content, including many networking opportunities with course participants.  Class size is limited so sign up today!

Virtual Packaging Design and Prototyping Industry Course Summer/Fall
This Virtual Packaging Design and Prototyping Industry Course is a two part educational experience, beginning with online modules and offering a “hands on” experience at the School of Packaging in East Lansing! The online section will open July 8th and will be self-paced featuring virtual packaging modules. The modules will include text, links, illustrations, photos, videos and a self-assessment via our learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L). Modules will be released throughout the online portion with flexible timing during modules.

Lectures & Seminars:

Annual Aaron Brody Distinguished Lecture in Food Packaging Spring or Fall
This endowment was created by family and friends of Aaron L. Brody, Ph.D. and Carolyn Brody in recognition of Aaron’s lifelong achievements in Food Packaging.  The expendable portion of the funds will be used to establish and fund the “Aaron Brody Distinguished Lecture in Food Packaging”, which will be an annual event hosted by the School of Packaging.  Aaron Brody has been a pioneer in the development of new technologies in food packaging, disseminator of information to both technical and non-technical audiences and a teacher as well.  While Aaron is not an alumnus of MSU, he is a friend of the program and a colleague to many of the School’s faculty. Notifications on this seminar will be posted on the School's Facebook and Linked In groups.  As long as the presenter agrees, the seminar will be broadcast via ZOOM to a global audience (registration will be required.)

Packaging Executive Forum  Fall or Spring                                                                                                                                                                                          
With fluctuating topics each year, the Packaging Executive Forum consists of the dissemination of the latest research portfolio from the Center of Packaging Innovation and Sustainability. Attendees are able to hear from the researchers about the topic and progress of each project. In addition, the Forum also includes a networking reception and a home football game! 

Seminar Series Fall and Spring
The School of Packaging Seminar Series was initiated in 2010 to encourage the exchange of ideas across different disciplines as they apply to packaging.  The goal is to provide a forum for faculty researchers and students to discuss advances in packaging science and specific research needs that will strengthen the packaging discipline. Each year we also invite distinguished professionals from Michigan and across the United States to the School to give presentations on topics of current interest. The variety of the seminars presented is crucial to the success of our Seminar Series. Attendance to the seminars is complimentary and no reservations are required. For more information please contact Dr. Laurent Matuana, at

Special Events:

Student Packaging Jamboree XXVII Spring
Michigan State University’s School of Packaging hosted the 28th annual Student Packaging Jamboree.  The Jamboree provides an opportunity for Packaging students throughout the nation and Canada to unite for a weekend of networking and learning. The conference will consisted of prominent speeches from industry professionals, an opportunity to interact with industry experts through a formatted panel discussion, a showcase display of innovative packages, and a design competition that incorporated all attending students.  Representatives from various companies also have booths set up to showcase their products, providing an excellent opportunity for students to network with professionals within their industry. The theme for the Jamboree was Innovation in Design and Sustainability.  The speakers discussed innovations within their packaging department as well as strides they are making to create more sustainable packages to put out in the market.


For more information, please contact Cimberly Weir at or 517-353-6797.