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Karen Proctor

Professor
Department of Packaging Science
College of Engineering Technology

585-475-5558
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78 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, NY 14623

Karen Proctor

Professor
Department of Packaging Science
College of Engineering Technology

Education

BS, Michigan State University; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology

585-475-5558

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PACK-791
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
PACK-790
1 - 6 Credits
A thesis is based on experimental evidence obtained by the candidate in an appropriate topic demonstrating the extension of theory into practice. A written proposal which is defended and authorized by the faculty advisor/committee followed by a formal written thesis and oral presentation of findings are required. Typically the candidate will have completed research methods, data analysis and graduate writing strategies prior to enrolling in this course and will start the thesis process as soon as they have completed these courses to allow them to finish the thesis when they have finished their coursework. The candidate must obtain the approval of their graduate adviser who will guide the thesis before registering for this course.
PACK-599
1 - 3 Credits
Independent study, in consultation with the instructor, on any packaging-related topic. Approvals are necessary from the department chair. (Undergraduate Research and Independent Study (PACK-598 and 599) combined total credit allowed is limited to a maximum of 3 credits. Independent Study total credit limit maximum of eight credits.
PACK-797
1 - 3 Credits
The purpose of this course is to provide students the opportunity to conduct research, develop a plan and evaluation components and submit the project as a demonstration of final proficiency in the program. The topic selected by the student will be guided by the faculty teaching the class and it will require the student to coalesce and incorporate into the final project a culmination of all their course work in the program to date.
PACK-481
3 Credits
The interrelationship between packaging and marketing, detailing how the retail consumer package can be used as a marketing tool. Concentrates on a systematic approach to developing an optimum package for a given product to meet the demands of the retail market and end user. Students gain practice in the development of a complete package system.
PACK-763
3 Credits
An intensive study of package design requirements specific to use of a product at specified end points. Individual design and development of a package system and its specifications, appropriate to the needs of the product and the consumer/end user and meets the demands of the supply chain.
PACK-750
3 Credits
This graduate level course is designed to present the theory, foundation principles and practices which form the basis of packaging science.
PACK-531
3 Credits
An advanced course designed to give packaging students instruction process and quality control techniques for packaging applications. The course will develop TQM skills for the evaluation of packaging components and packaging manufacturing processes to design sustainable packaging. Topics include the concepts of zero defects, computer applications for control charts, and acceptance sampling.
PACK-451
3 Credits
Students will learn to plan and develop virtual and real packaging prototypes to reflect the requirements of end users, assess the sustainability of the designs, and validate designs in the supply chain.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Proctor, Karen. "Responsible Packaging by Design." RIT Chapter 918 of the Institute of Industrial Engineers Student Regional Conference. Institute of Industrial Engineers. Rochester, NY. 24 Mar. 2012. Conference Presentation.
Full Length Book
Proctor, Karen, et al. ISTA Responsible Packaging by Design. 1st ed. East Lansing, MI: ISTA, 2012. Web.
Formal Presentation
Proctor, Karen. “Packaging Sustainability and the Need for Pre-Shipment Testing”. Sustainable Packaging Coalition Annual Meeting. 19-21 April 2010. Presentation.
Proctor, Karen. “Packaging Sustainability and the ProductsYou Purchase”. American Society for Engineering Education - St. Lawrence Section Conference. Rochester, NY. 26-27 March 2010. Presentation.