GLASS WORKS: Packaging Student Outreach
In-Class Lectures Start the DiscussionA more aggressive approach began in 2003, when an industry professional was dedicated full-time to the program and started contacting schools and making connections with faculty. Rick Bayer, who manages the GPI’s academic program, is a 40-year veteran of the glass container industry; he is experienced in glass container manufacturing, quality assurance and product safety.
Bayer gets rave reviews for his in-class instruction. The program is now up to 10 schools, providing 43 lectures for the 2009/2010 academic year and student attendance of nearly 1400. Michigan State University, Clemson, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Florida, University of Wisconsin–Stout, Mohawk College, Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo, and San Jose State University are all currently on the lecture schedule. In addition to these packaging schools, the GPI added lectures at Parsons New School of Design and Pratt Institute in 2009.
Lectures are offered on topics such as Glass Fundamentals, Light Weighting of Glass Containers, Surface Treatment of Glass Containers, Glass Container Retail Trends, Glass Container Design Criteria, Decorating and Labeling Techniques for Glass Containers, and Recycling Glass Containers.