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Michael DeMarco

Michael DeMarco

Major: 
Packaging Science
Hometown: 
Rochester, NY
RIT's packaging science program is so valuable because it remains current with the latest trends and technology. In class, we are encouraged to research new methods and technology as well as applying different ways of doing things from other applications. The subject matter is so diverse and always changing (everything needs a package) that it's easy to find something you're passionate about. The program at RIT is small enough that it is easy for students to become involved with real world projects and have faculty members as mentors. I personally like the sustainability aspect of packaging and the challenges of designing something that is ecologically responsible and has optimal performance, cost, and manufacturability characteristics. The packaging design software you learn combined with two main packaging labs that offer packaging test and evaluation equipment make it possible for students to create a mockup on the computer, cut out the package on the CAD table, and test their design in the lab. Being able to tweak your design on the fly is a huge advantage and great learning experience. I personally work in the RIT Packaging Dynamics Lab where we perform package transit testing and evaluation for numerous companies throughout the US. I am gaining experience that I can put on my resume and witnessing how real examples of packaging stand up to distribution testing.
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