Student Competition Success!

Presenting the second place trophy in the 2013 PACK Solutions Challenge

Marc Ostertag, President, B&R Industrial Automation, presents the second place trophy in the 2013 PACK Solutions Challenge to Purdue University Calumet student team members, Florin Mustata, Armando Cabrera, Jr., Thaddeus Wleklinski, and Aminov Parvizsho.

Please join me in congratulating our PUC Engineering Technology students who took Second Place in the 2013 PACK Solutions Challenge at PACK EXPO held in Las Vegas, September 23-25, 2013. Team members, Florin Mustata, MS in Technology; Armando Cabrera, Jr., Electrical Engineering Technology; Thaddeus Wleklinski, Mechanical Engineering Technology; and Aminov Parvizsho, Electrical Engineering Technology, will share a $2,000 scholarship from the PMMI Education and Training Foundation.

Craig Engle, Clinical Assistant Professor of Mechatronics Engineering Technology, and Rick Rickerson, Laboratory Administrator, served as the major mentors for the students.

The PACK Solutions Challenge gives students hands-on experience tackling challenges typical to the day-to-day work of engineers and technicians at consumer packaged goods companies. The competition required teams to develop and present proposals for a packaging line upgrade commissioned by a fictional processor and packager of personal care products.

“The students are required to exercise problem-solving skills, conduct research and present their conclusions in a convincing manner — it’s the same type of situation they will encounter after joining the workforce. This experience is invaluable as they move forward with their education and their career, especially as they look to enter the packaging and processing industry,” says John Kowal, director, Business Development, B&R Industrial Automation.