Packaging research paper earns student a trip to Italy
May 19, 2014
A University of
Wisconsin-Stout student has earned an educational trip to Italy, thanks to an
award-winning research paper.
James Engel, a senior
packaging major from Merrill, will take an all-expenses-paid trip to northern Italy
from June 28 through July 6. A paper he wrote was chosen as one of four winners
in a student contest sponsored by the Italian Trade Commission and Italian
Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association.
The other winners
are from Clemson University, California Polytechnic State University and
Michigan State University.
Students from 10
North American universities entered the contest, which was administered in the
U.S. by the Institute of Packaging Professionals.
Engel and the other
winners will tour packaging companies in the north, in an area known as
packaging valley in the Province of Bologna. They also will work with other students
from the University of Milan on an industry project.
"History of Robotics and Vision Systems," examines the application of vision
systems in packaging machinery. He analyzed cost-savings, real-world
applications and what the future holds for the technology.
"Vision systems are
basically the eyes of the machine and allow for fast analysis and more
automation," Engel said. "They are not new in the industry but have been
experiencing a lot of growth and innovation with the cameras, software and
Engel, who will
graduate in December, studied abroad in Seville, Spain, during the fall 2013
semester. His minor is Spanish.
He also had a
Cooperative Education work experience in packaging with J.M. Smucker in
Orrville, Ohio, in the spring and summer of 2012.
For more information
about UW-Stout's packaging undergraduate program, go to the Web page.
Packaging student James
Engel has used a machine at UW-Stout that, coincidentally, bears his last name.
He will travel to Italy as a result of an award-winning research paper he