To date, ICPF has placed almost $13 million in testing equipment, presses, CAD tables, grants, and other donations at partner universities around the nation, and millions of dollars more in Artios and Arden design software. In just the past 13 years, ICPF additionally has created new packaging programs at 11 universities across the country by introducing structural design into their graphic communication programs.
Over the past year alone, ICPF has provided testing equipment to expand the packaging labs at North Carolina State University and Cal Poly; donated a large-scale flatbed printer and placed 53 seats of Arden-donated Impact software at Virginia Tech; donated 20 computers and 20 sets of computer desks and chairs to expand the design lab at the University of Texas at Arlington; and provided a third-annual grant commitment to Indiana State University that enabled the expansion of the university’s packaging engineering technology program by 24%. Upon the signing of partnership/asset agreements by the two universities, ICPF anticipates further expanding Indiana State’s program by providing a large-scale flatbed printer, as well as anticipates providing a grant to the University of Florida packaging program to fund 50% of the cost to replace the CAD table ICPF donated to the university to jump-start its corrugated curricula in 2006.
Richard Flaherty is president of the International Corrugated Packaging Foun