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Professor certified by international packaging organization

December 28, 2011

A University of Wisconsin-Stout packaging professor has earned certification from an international association.

Robert Meisner recently was named a certified packaging laboratory professional, just the 17th person to receive the distinction from the International Safe Transit Association, a leader of packaged-product testing.

To earn the distinction, Meisner completed a three-level program related to many aspects of lab testing and operations and industry involvement. He is active in the Institute of Packaging Professionals, is a member of the ISTA Testing Council and has lectured for both organizations. He also has been a judge for the AmeriStar national packaging competition for five years, along with other industry activities.

A native of Roseville, Minn., Meisner graduated from UW-Stout in 1994, earned a master’s in packaging from Rochester Institute of Technology and worked in the industry before returning to UW-Stout in 2007 to teach. He is an assistant professor in the engineering and technology department.

Recently, student teams from Meisner’s Packaging Development course took third and 15th in the WorldStar student competition.

According to a colleague at UW-Stout, Meisner’s teaching style “challenges the students to think and act as though they were operating in an industry job environment. That does not come forth in a textbook,” said Jack Vaughn. “He has an unselfish commitment in support of the students.”

UW-Stout has one of the oldest packaging programs in the nation and a long track record of nearly 100 percent job placement of its graduates. For more information, go to http://www.uwstout.edu/programs/bsp.

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