A team of four instructors teaches the Fundamentals of Packaging Technology from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP). Each instructor is a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP) with significant experience in packaging.
Instructors were selected from a pool of candidates based on qualifications and performance in teaching the course. Each year, IoPP evaluates instructors based on evaluations of students in the class, assuring qualified professionals to lead the seminar.
Jane Chase, CPP
Jane Chase holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University and a Masters of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Her professional career includes a breadth and depth of experience involving ever expanding roles in Quality Assurance, Operations, Processing and Packaging within multiple large CPG organizations known for innovation including SC Johnson Wax, General Mills, ConAgra Foods, Ecolab Inc, and US Foodservice. She is currently the Senior Director of Packaging Innovation and R&D with The Schwan Food Company.
Jane’s credentials as an educator include teaching packaging, statistics and leadership curriculum at the collegiate level for both Marian College and the University of Wisconsin - Stout.
Jane holds three US patents for packaging inventions and has been published and spoken on packaging innovation and sustainability on many occasions. She is a lifetime Certified Packaging Professional and has been honored with induction into the Institute of Packaging Professional’s College of Fellows.
Jane’s support of IoPP spans more than 20 years, during which time she served both at the local level as president of the Minnesota Chapter and at the national level since 2002. She is a national Past President and currently serves as a member of the Institute’s Board of Directors. Her contributions to the Institute include founding the Sustainable Packaging Technical Committee, establishing the Packaging Education Scholarship fund and chairing the judging of the AmeriStar packaging competition for more than 10 years. She is also an affiliate member of the Food Packaging Institute, a member of PMMI’s Packaging Management Council and serves as past chair for the Industrial Advisory Committee for UW Stout’s packaging program.
Lawrence C. Dull, CPP
Lawrence (Larry) Dull holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Packaging from Michigan State University. He has held packaging positions with Eastman Kodak Co., Calgon Corp. (subsidiary of Merck and Co. Inc.) and Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. (formerly Novartis, Ciba and Ciba-Geigy).
His main areas of expertise include sustainable package design, development and testing, distribution environment codification and simulation, carbon inventory, package lifecycle analysis, polymer chemistry and application, and packaging market research.
Larry is currently the President of Packaging Technology Associates Inc. as well as a founding partner of the Packaging Knowledge Group, LLC. He is active in many industry and professional associations, including the International Safe Transit Association (where he is Chairman of the Sustainability Solutions Division and serving on the Board of Directors), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), the Michigan State University School of Packaging Alumni Association (where he is a past member of the Board of Directors) and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
Larry holds eight U.S. patents in packaging and has delivered numerous presentations and written many articles on packaging, packaging development and package testing. He is an Honorary Professor at Hunan University of Technology in China, has delivered guest lectures at various universities and teaches Sustainable Packaging Scorecard training as well as IoPP’s Fundamentals of Packaging Technology course.
Larry is a past Chairman of the Packaging Task Group of RISE, past Chairman of the Chemical Packaging Committee of IoPP, past Chairman and President of IoPP and a past member of the Packaging Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He is an inductee in the Michigan State University Packaging Hall of Fame, the PMMI Packaging Hall of Fame and the IoPP College of Fellows.
Robert Meisner, CPP
Robert Meisner holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology with an emphasis in Packaging from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Master of Science Degree in Packaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has held packaging positions with 3M, Ideal Industries Inc., Imation Corp., Eastman Kodak Co., Emery Worldwide Airfreight and United Parcel Service Supply Chain Solutions.
Robert currently holds the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin. His experience and expertise are in the areas of transportation hazards and issues, distribution packaging materials, package development process and product and package validation testing.
Robert has been involved in the packaging industry for more than 20 years. He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) and ASTM International, formally known as The American Society for Testing and Materials.
He has presented at numerous technical conferences and served as an expert witness in a case involving beverage packaging, and is an IoPP Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional and a member of IoPP’s College of Fellows. Robert sits on the 2013 IoPP Board of Directors Executive Committee, serving as Executive Vice President-Education. He also holds “professional” level certification with ISTA.