Faculty Candidate for Packaging Distribution/Dynamics Position

Dr. Manuel García-Romeu Martínez Safe Load Testing, Valencia, Spain

Research Seminar

On the reduction of deaths on the road by researching on packaging dynamics

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 10:15 am EDT in Room 120 School of Packaging, MSU

In Europe, it is calculated that in commercial vehicles between 25 and 45% of the accidents of the transport of goods have to do with the bad stowage or unsecured loads. In the U.S., the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that there are about 25,000 traffic accidents each year caused by unsecured loads from commercial vehicles, resulting in close to 100 fatalities every year. The NHTSA reports that there are over 50,000 accidents involving motorists running into roadway debris or other vehicles while avoiding objects, resulting in roughly 10,000 personal injuries. The accident is produced when load inside the truck is displaced due to horizontal forces created by an emergency braking or a high speed of the vehicle approaching to a curve, making unstable the vehicle and causing overturning the vehicle and/or projecting the load to the outside. This cause sometimes the death of the vehicle driver directly by the projecting load hitting his body, death of drivers of other surrounding vehicles and passers-by, and deaths by directly vehicles crash due to debris production by the accident. To reduce the number of accidents and fatalities, there are several research lines to address. • Research focus on ensuring packaging integrity. Mainly shear stress analysis of secondary packaging affects enormous to the stability and rigidity of the whole unit load. • Research to develop a new American Standard test to determine the stiffness of a unit load. If cargo drivers and companies know the rigidity of the unit load they are going to transport, they will block and secure it accordingly to this rigidity value. In parallel, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have to make inspections on the road to control that cargos are secured. • Research to develop new trailer platforms, device systems or new tertiary packaging materials that reduces the horizontal acceleration response of the unit load against emergency braking and curves. • Research to develop an advanced system for curve-speed warning system using a combination of in-vehicle head-up display and vehicle drone flight support. The system can track driver speed and compare vehicle position with curve locations in real-time.

Teaching Seminar

The dynamics behind packaging distribution Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 1:30 pm EDT in Room 120, School of Packaging, MSU

The teaching presentation will address the necessity of understanding the dynamics stresses that are behind the distribution cycle for ensuring packaging integrity- stability and packaging optimization at the same time. Besides being the “silent salesman” a package is also responsible for delivering an undamaged product. Packaging achieves the functions of containment, protection, communication, and service, but also it should make “happy” customer, company and society at the same time. "Happy" customers because they receive their product as expected without damage; "happy" companies or sellers because they do so at an optimized cost, avoiding complaints and poor brand image; and “happy” society by caring the environment due to the reduction of waste materials and "happy" by caring the human being because reduction of debris on the road that causes deaths due to the lack of stability of the cargo unit. The dynamic stresses will be focused on vertical shocks and multi-axial vibrations like vertical & pitch & roll related to the roughness of the roads and potholes, cracks, speed bumps, or other road anomalies. Also sudden horizontal acceleration changes and their parameters as “jerk”, “dwell time” and “steady acceleration”, produced in emergency braking, roundabouts and curves will be addressed. Some examples of how to simulate those dynamics stresses in the lab will be shown.

Social Implications and Public Perception of Food Packaging

When - April 9, 2019 Time : 3:00‐4:00 

Where -Location : Room 120, Packaging Building 

Presenter-Dr. Yaohua Betty Feng Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Food Safety 

Technology in food packaging has the potential to solve food security and agriculture sustainability issues in the U.S and globally. However, after many years of growth in nanotechnology application in food packaging, the public views largely remain polarized. There are many factors impacting on consumers’ decision-making and benefit and risk perception, including familiarity, individual value, and emotion. Dr. Feng will present two popular hypotheses in the research field and look at some of the data, we will discuss possible implication for integration of social and behavioral theories and provide communication strategies based upon the concept of transparency and open deliberation of food packaging technology. Yaohua Betty Feng, is an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in Food Safety. She is striving to reduce food borne illness cases and enhance food safety and quality by effective risk assessment, messaging and communication is the overriding focus of her research program. Feng’s research program explores cultural, social, and environmental factors that affect food safety behaviors using a sociological approach. The goal of the research program is to identify barriers to understanding food safety issues and evaluate strategies that empower stakeholders to make science-based decisions. By using both qualitative and quantitative research methods and working with farmers, food workers, and consumers, Dr. Feng’s work can increase the knowledge of different sectors of the food supply chain, from consumers, food processors, retailers to the policymakers.


Patient‐centricity and the Need for inclusive Pharmaceutical Packaging

When -Date : April 2, 2019 Time :  3:00‐4:00

Where -Location : Room 120, Packaging Building 

Presenter-Gina Carli Lorenzini PhD in Packaging Logistics, Lund University

Dr. Giana Carli Lorenzini has a PhD in Packaging Logistics from Lund University, Sweden, where she now works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Previously, she studied Visual Design and Communication, followed by a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil. In her research, Giana has investigated the complexions that surround the industry processes of innovation and designing inclusive pharmaceutical packaging. She is also a member of the Swedish National Graduate School for Competitive Science on Ageing and Health (SWEAH). Think about the moment when you are going to open a package. All you want is to reach the product inside. Suddenly, this is almost an impossible task. The packaging says ‘open here’, and it does not mater how hard you try, you cannot open it as instructed. You feel angry and, in a decisive act, you use a knife, scissors or even worse, your teeth to open the blamed packaging. Now imagine yourself aged about 80, experiencing a similar situation every day when taking your medicines. How keen would you be to continue following your treatment? In Europe, for instance, half of those over the age of 80 take more than six medication per day, yet the packages are rarely adapted to the needs of the older target group. In an aging world, it is of utmost importance to design pharmaceutical packaging that enables people to correctly administer and follow their treatment. The industry needs clearer rules and recommendations for inclusive packaging.



Calling all students, please mark your calendars to attend the teaching seminar of faculty candidate, Ms. Monirehalsadat Mahmoudi, Monday, April 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Your important input will help shape the future of the School of Packaging! 

MSU's School of Packaging

Faculty Candidate- Teaching Seminar

When: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm
Where: Room 120 School of Packaging
Presenter: Ms. Monirehalsadat Mahmoudi, Arizona State University

“Smart City Logistics: Trends in Sustainable Deliveries”

Ms. Monirehalsadat Mahmoudi Has recently obtained her PhD in Transportation Engineering from Arizona State University. She also has a M.Sc. in Socio-Economics Systems Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic-Iran. Her research is focused on network optimization in large scale transportation networks. Using her knowledge in traffic operations, operations research, computational optimization and economics, Ms. Mahmoudi envisions modelling sustainability with respect to (1) optimized routing of goods, and (2) energy efficiencies for distribution channels of varied types. This novel work could be used for the benefit of both commerce (enhanced efficiency in delivery systems such as shared networks, drones, etc.) and society (reduced used of fossil fuels). In an era of online commerce, where the role of marketing changes in favor of efficient delivery, research at the intersection of environmental consciousness and optimized business strategy is going to be increasingly needed.

Ms. Mahmoudi has been the recipient/finalist of several research awards such as 2016 IBM Service Science student paper award, 2016 Women in OR/MS Monsanto award, 2016 the Institute of Transportation Engineers (Western District) best paper award, and 2016 National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation best paper award.

Mid-term & Long-term Scholarly Plans

She aims to emphasize on two avenues: (1) to develop new courses which hold relevance not only for PKG students, but also for those from other disciplines (including “Decision Analysis in Packaging,” “Multi-Criteria Decision Making,” and “Meta-heuristics: Theory and Applications”), and (2) to advance her research productivity by publishing papers and targeting grant proposals, ranging from federal (e.g., NSF, DOE, etc.) to state, regional, and local agencies/organizations. To tackle the latter objective, Ms. Mahmoudi will put her research emphasis on two main directions: (i) consolidated packaging routing value chain, and (ii) waste value chain.

Building upon her mid-term objectives, Ms. Mahmoudi also wants to contribute to build an image for the area of “packaging value chain,” such that, within 5-10 years, it can be viewed as an interdisciplinary area of research that leads to fundamental and applied research. Regarding this vision, she believes that her publications (with faculties from disciplines such as packaging, civil and environmental engineering, supply chain management, and computer science) and research grants can help to build this image in the long term.