About Packaging

Packaging is an interdisciplinary field in which scientific and engineering principles are applied to develop and produce packages that contain, protect and preserve, transport, inform, and sell a product. Packaging engineering includes the study of products, packages, materials, containers, structures, methods, machinery, and transportation. It involves such diverse disciplines as chemistry, physics, materials science, mechanics, machine design, industrial engineering, electronics, materials handling, and other specialized skills. Total employment in the packaging industry is estimated at over a million. Packaging engineers are employed in such areas as package engineering, development, sales, purchasing, structure design, production, research, and marketing.

Packaging at CBU

CBU’s Packaging Lab is certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). The CBU Packaging Lab is the only commercial lab in an academic setting in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi, certified by ISTA. Companies interested in testing or developing materials are encouraged to contact us to discuss pricing options.

In addition to many opportunities for CBU students to pursue real world training, we also regularly invite high school students to campus learn about the exciting field of packaging through competitions. As we know that learning never stops, we also host seminars for packaging professionals.

Healthcare Packaging Consortium

The mission of the consortium is to advance the knowledge related to healthcare packaging through education and research. Our vision is to be a unique world-class healthcare packaging consortium with member companies from various segments of the packaging industry.


Regular membership is by invitation only. Membership annual fee is $3,000. Benefits for members include working together with other consortium members and CBU in various areas related to healthcare packaging via student projects and theses and two free one-day seminars per year. A consortium year is from June 1 to May 31 of the following year.

Associate membership is also available to companies which only want to take advantage of the free seminars above for $2,000 annual membership fee plus 25% discount on CBU packaging lab services.

The Healthcare Packaging Consortium was founded on June 1, 2010, at Christian Brothers University by seven founding members: Evergreen PackagingFedExMedtronicSmith & Nephew, and Wright Medical. Since then, Olympus Surgical Technologies AmericaNew-Tech PackagingMicroPort OrthopedicsThe Royal GroupMemphis BioworksThaddeus Medical Systems,  SweetBioInternational PaperEetbe, Inc., and Restore Medical Solutions have joined the consortium.

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