2017 APPMA Scholarship Winner
The APPMA, in conjunction with the AIP, offered their ninth annual scholarship program which enables one person the opportunity to complete a Diploma in Packaging Technology valued at $9,000. The Diploma in Packaging Technology prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is internationally recognised, comprehensive, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.
- Nelson Bulsari, Technical Director, Roto Converters NZ
- Liz Cagorski, Brand Custodian Packaging Specialist
- Liza Rose design and communications
- John Ferrier, Quality Manager, Campari,
- Claire Lee, Packaging Quality Coordinator
- Michael Van Dord, Technical and Design Engineer, Caps and Closures
The judges reviewed all written applications and were impressed with the packaging technologists who wished to advance their knowledge through the AIP Diploma in Packaging Technology course. The challenge is always selection amongst such great talent.
The Winner is…….
Michael Van Dord, Technical and Design Engineer, Caps and Closures. Michael Van Dord also has a design background since moving over from Aerospace engineering and has moved into project engineering across many applications of caps and closures with numerous FMCG companies. He also has a passion for education and has already conducted lectures on packaging related matters.
In Michael’s own words “As my understanding of the packaging world grows so does the realisation that I have only scratched the surface of the full design cycle within the vast category that is packaging. I am excited by the prospect of becoming a specialist within packaging and expanding my knowledge base within injection moulded closures and delving into areas of packing that I have not had experience within. I look forward to building on my skill set and through my link with the AIP sharing my knowledge and experience with the broader packaging community.”
2016 APPMA Scholarship Winner
The APPMA are very proud to announce the winner of the eighth annual scholarship program which enables one person each year the opportunity to undertake a Diploma in Packaging Technology to the value of $9000.
The Diploma in Packaging Technology prepares students to take responsibility for packaging operations at any level through the supply chain. The qualification is internationally recognised, comprehensive, and provides an opportunity to study the principles of packaging, packaging materials and packaging processes.
The judges would like to recognise each of the five finalists as they are fine examples of the future leaders of this industry.
The finalists were
• Shabbeer Ahmed Shaik Mohammed, Packaging Engineer, General Mills
• Liz Cagorski, Creative Director, Liza Rose Design & Communications
• Michael Seaman, Packaging & Process Improvement Specialist, Integria Healthcare
• Evone Tang, Quality Manager, The Kraft Heinz Company
• Dineshan Thangavel, Packaging Technologist, LION
The winner for the 2016 APPMA Scholarship winner is Michael Seaman, Packaging & Process Improvement Specialist, Integria Healthcare.
Michael was an outstanding candidate who is extremely passionate about packaging. He has a broad understanding of the applications and implications of packaging and the judges believe his passion will greatly assist his studies.
In Michael’s own words “The impact of packaging on, and within, business continues to have me hooked. Moreover, the opportunities to impact both product and the environment, through the choices made on packaging related matters, reinforces that the packaging arena is for me. Put simply, I love working in the field of packaging, and my desire to continue the journey of learning, and applying those learnings, continues to grow.”
Michael will commence his Diploma in Packaging Technology this year and both the APPMA and the AIP look forward to seeing him graduate in a few years.
2015 APPMA Scholarship Winners
In front of over 380 people during the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards at the Crown Towers the APPMA announced the winner of the seventh annual scholarship program which enables one person each year to study a Diploma in Packaging Technology.
All of the candidates had a sound desire to learn more about packaging but due to the quality submissions that were received this year the APPMA has agreed to provide two scholarships to the value of $20,000,
According to Mr Mark Dingley, Chairman, APPMA, “The winners of the 2015 APPMA Scholarship are Alysha Baggett, Packaging Technologist, Frucor Beverages and Alexandra Brayshaw, Accessibility Design Researcher, Arthritis Australia,”
“Alysha Baggett displayed a sound understanding of what is involved and showed great interest beyond the basics of packaging technology. She has the right credentials, knows what she wants to achieve and appears to have the drive to make it all happen. Alysha has the basic academic qualifications in place to build upon and her current workplace and
general interests certainly gave her the edge over other applicants. The judges believe that she has sound inherent qualities of mind and character, has a solid foundation with a good positive outlook, the will to achieve and an excellent track record in her short working career. Alysha wants to be the best in her portfolio. She is a worthy recipient and we wish her well,” Mr Dingley said.
“Alexandra Brayshaw has displayed great tenacity over a number of years, driven by her passion and enjoyment of her work and involvement in a very interesting sector of packaging. The judges believe that she will do well in this particular field by making those contributions that they seek in their scholarship winners. It was a very tough and gruelling interviewing process this year with very little % points separating the top 4 applications, but we felt that Alexandra had the edge on the others, and something that we in packaging look forward to experiencing more from her, in the years to come.” he said.
The two other finalists were Marianna McEwan, Contract Packaging Technologist, Frucor Beverages and Mona Parnian, Quality Systems Engineer, Wellman Packaging.
2014 APPMA Scholarship Winner
The 2014 APPMA scholarship winner Aleah Back (pictured right) is a Packaging Engineer, with Johnson and Johnson Pacific.Mark Dingley, Chairman of the APPMA announced the winner of the sixth annual scholarship program during the 2014 AIP National Conference.
Mr Dingley said that “Aleah is an ideal candidate for the scholarship as she has shown a huge interest and commitment in undertaking the Diploma in Packaging Technology.”
“She has both academic and practical expertise in the industry and is keen to expand her Technical Education in the Packaging Industry.”
“Aleah not only has an interest in packaging but also the engineering process and she has had the opportunity to learn about injection technology, in-mould labelling and advanced robotic production systems.”
The APPMA would also like to congratulate all the finalists as they were of exceptional calibre this year. The three other finalists were Alexandra Brayshaw, Research Assistant, Arthritis Australia, Mirvic Camacho, Packaging Engineer, Murray Goulburn and Sumit Kini, Continuous Improvement Specialist, Orora Glass.
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