Susan Selke, PhD

Susan Selke

Center for Packaging Innovation & Sustainability

Professor, School of Packaging

Telephone: 517-353-4891

448 Wilson Road
Packaging, Room 130
East Lansing, MI 48824

Susan E. Selke is a Professor at the Michigan State University School of Packaging, where she has been a faculty member for 30+ years. She received a Distinguished Faculty Award from MSU in 2012. She holds MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State.

Her research interests include environmental impacts of packaging; sustainability; plastics recycling; biodegradable and biobased plastics; composites of plastics with natural fibers; life cycle assessment; nanotechnology and packaging, and other areas. She has authored or coauthored several books on packaging materials and on packaging and environmental issues, as well as over 150 articles and book chapters. Courses she teaches include plastics packaging, packaging materials, packaging and the environment, stability and recycling of packaging materials, and analytical solutions to packaging design.


Recycling of plastics, Polymer composites, Environmental aspects of packaging, Life cycle assessment, Biodegradable plastics.

Instructional Activities

PKG323 Packaging with Plastics: Physical and chemical properties of plastics and their relationship to selection, design, manufacture, performance, and evaluation of packages

PKG 815 Permeability and Shelf Life: Relationship between the storage life of packaged food and pharmaceutical products and the gas, moisture, and organic vapor permeability of packages in various environments.

PKG875 Stability and Recyclability of Packaging Materials: Interactions between packaging materials and environments: corrosion, degradation, stabilization, and recycling. Impacts of packaging disposal

PKG985 Analytical Solutions to Packaging Design: Analytical and quantitative techniques for packaging design and evaluation