Twenty-five teams of three to five students, a mix from different universities, worked together to solve various packaging-related challenges at corporate booths around the 1.2-million-square-foot McCormick Place exhibition hall.
“I liked the aspect of being on a team with students from other packaging programs. My team had students from Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Clemson and Cal Poly. Not only was I able to make new friends, I was able to learn what their packaging programs and educations were like,” Kent said.
Exposure to the industry through UW-Stout’s hands-on, lab-based packaging program isn’t new for Kent. She has received two national scholarships from the Institute of Packaging Professionals and numerous other scholarships. She had an internship at Boston Scientific in Maple Grove, Minn., and currently has one at Kimberly Clark in Neenah.
Hammer’s team, which included students from Virginia Tech and Michigan State, was the only one to complete all of its tasks on time.