Forum Program

The following is an overview of the ISTA Forum program. Keep checking back as we continue to update this page with specific speaker and program information!

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7:30am – 8:00am CPLP Training Breakfast 
8:00am – 12:30pm Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) TECHNICIAN Training (additional fee)
12:30pm – 1:00pm CPLP Training Lunch
1:00pm – 5:30pm Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) TECHNOLOGIST Training (additional fee)
7:30am – 8:00am CPLP Training Breakfast
7:30am – 8:00am RPbD Training Breakfast
8:00am – Noon Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Training EXAMS
8:00am – Noon Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) Training (additional fee)
Noon – 1:00pm RPbD Training Lunch
1:00pm – 3:00pm Responsible Packaging by Design (RPbD) EXAMS
Noon – 6:00pm ISTA Advocate Research & Value Delivery Program Meeting (Advocates only) Lunch 12-1
12:30pm – 2:00pm ISTA Certification Council Meeting (Open)
1:00pm – 3:00pm ISTA North American Division Board Meeting (Board members only)
2:15pm – 3:45pm ISTA Testing Council Meeting (Open)
4:00pm – 5:30pm ISTA Technical Division Board Meeting (Board members only)
Noon – 6:00pm ISTA Forum Attendee Check-In
7:00pm – 8:30pm ISTA Forum "Rocky Mountain Grotto" Social Mixer
  Tuesday AM is a plenary session for all ISTA Forum attendees.
7:30am – 8:30am ISTA Forum Attendee Check-In
8:00am – 8:30am Networking Breakfast
8:30am – 9:15am Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15am – 10:00am Keynote Speaker: Eye in the Sky: The New Frontier of an IoT and Blockchain Enabled Supply Chain Bill Green, IBM Systems Group - Supply Chain Engineering
10:00am – 10:15am Networking Morning Break
10:15am – 10:45am Multi-Axis Vibration Profiles for Pharmaceutical Shipping Studies Tagore Somers, Eli Lilly and Company
10:45am – 11:15am The Economy's Impacts on Freight Movements Todd Tranausky, FTR | Transportation Intelligence
11:15am – 11:45am When Are We Going To Get There? Robby Martin, Bush Brothers & Co.
11:45am – Noon ISTA Technical Update Eric Hiser, ISTA
Noon – 1:30pm Networking Lunch
  Tuesday PM sessions at either event are open to all ISTA Forum attendees.
1:30pm – 2:00pm Retail Supply Channels for CPGs In India: An Evaluation of Handling, Storage & Transportation in the Distribution Environment Jay Singh, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo A Case Study Paul Harber, Parenteral Supply Chain, LLC                                                                                                                                                                             
2:00pm – 2:30pm Transport Modes, Storage, and Handling Methods Involved in the Distribution of Consumer Packaged Goods in China Changfeng Ge, RIT - Packaging Science Program Merck's Experiences Developing and Using Ambient Shipping Temperature Profiles Sean McCudden, Merck
2:30pm – 3:00pm One Dimensional Computer Simulation of Over-the-Road Truck Floor Movement Patrick McDavid, Michigan State University School of Packaging Reusable Passive Thermal Packaging System: Best Practice Guideline Brian Cardis, Eli Lilly and Company
3:00pm – 3:30pm Networking Afternoon Snack and Beverage Break
3:30pm – 4:00pm Complex Results Optimized by Packaging Simplification Rich Lindgren, Chainayltics Latest Updates on International Standardization Activities and Service Design Studies on Temperature Controlled Products Jongkyoung Kim, Korea Conformity Laboratories and Soojung Yang, NLogis Co., LTD
4:00pm – 4:30pm Automating End of Line Packaging for the Supply Chain James Chrzan, PMMI Media Group Development of a Laboratory Mechanical Durability Test for Reusable Parcel Thermal Packaging Systems Bill Mayer, Pelican Biothermal
4:30pm – 5:00pm Utilizing Virtual Reality to Implement Package Design and Improve Consistency Clint Smith, Pregis LLC Application of Quantitative Risk Assessment in the Qualification of Passive Shippers Bernard McGarvey, Eli Lilly Engineering Fellow (Retired)
5:30pm – 8:00pm ISTA Forum "Rockin' the Rockies" Dinner Reception
  Wednesday AM and PM sessions at either event are open to all ISTA Forum attendees.
8:00am – 8:30am Networking Breakfast
8:30am – 9:00am Dynamic Highlights of Comprehensive Intermodal Distribution Measurement Study Eric Joneson, Lansmont Simulation and Imaging for Thermal Packaging Design Scott Morris, University of Illinois
9:00am – 9:30am Effect of Stretch Wrap Parameters on the Transmissibility of Unitized Loads Excited by Random Vibration Kyle Dunno, RIT - Packaging Science Program How the Virtual Cold Chain Can Help to Reduce Risk of Temperature Excursions Stefan Braun, SmartCAE
9:30am – 10:00am The Intersection of Packaging and Technology Matthew Wright, Specright Optimizing the Approach to Thermal Modeling to Manage Costs and Time Scott Dyvig, Lifoam
10:00am – 10:15am Networking Morning Break
10:15am – 10:45am Lessons Learned About Supply Chain Operational Safety from Accidents Involving Unit Loads During Shipping and Handling Marshall White Virginia Tech Computer Simulation: A Shipper's Perspective
10:45am – 11:15am Business Case: Stretch Film Optimization for a Manufacturer of Beer Using Testing Technologies for Load Unit Stability Carlos Mora and Manuel Garcia Romeu, Safe Load Testing Technologies Modeling of Refrigerated Sea Containers Iman Mirzaee, Cold Chain Technologies, Inc.
11:15am – 11:45am Amazon's Latest Device Package Innovation Katie Exum and Gary Dong, Amazon/Lab126 Thermal Modeling Panel Discussion
11:45am – Noon ISTA Research Update Brian O’Banion, ISTA
Noon – 1:15pm Networking Lunch
1:15pm – 1:45pm Networking Trivia!
Interactive Session: Qualification Best Practices Paul Harber, Parenteral Supply Chain, LLC & Anthony Rizzo, Cold Chain Technologies, Inc.
  • TR39 Refresh Presentation and Discussion
  • OQ Best Practice Technical Paper Presentation and Peer Review 
1:45pm – 2:15pm Thinking Outside the 'Test' Box: Evolved Testing Strategies for an Evolving World of Transport Travis Norton and Anthony Theriault, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services, Inc.
2:15pm – 2:45pm Polyethylene Packaging Repurposed as Value-Added e-Commerce Consumer Packaging Jonathan Quinn, NOVA Chemicals
2:45pm – 3:15pm Networking Afternoon Snack and Beverage Break
3:15pm – 3:30pm Awards: CPLP, RPbD & Dave R. LeButt Interactive Session: Ambient Temperature Profile Comparison Development Bernard McGarvey, Eli Lilly Engineering Fellow (Retired)
  • Thermal Challenge Analysis
  • Spike and Dips
  • OQ Profile Creation
3:30pm – 4:00pm Lessons Learned from Multi-Axis Vehicle Vibration Recording and Analysis Greg Cocchiola, Clemson University
4:00pm – 4:30pm The Effect of Pallet Stiffness on the Compression Strength of Asymmetrically Loaded Boxes Chandler Quesenberry, Virginia Tech
4:30pm – 5:00pm Effect of Packaged Product Size and Weight on Drop Heights in the Small Parcel Shipping Environment Amy Helenek, RIT - Packaging Science Program
5:00pm – 7:30pm ISTA Forum Exhibitor Reception
  Thursday AM is a plenary session for all ISTA Forum attendees.
8:00am – 8:30am Networking Breakfast
8:30am – 8:45am Video Highlights
8:45am – 9:15am Foods, Pharmaceuticals, & Detergents... Oh MY!! Peter Apostoluk, Millipore Sigma and Jonathan Quinn, NOVA Chemicals
9:15am – 9:45am Comparison Of Rotational Movement Measurement Techniques Ricky Speck, Michigan State University School of Packaging
9:45am – 10:00am Networking Morning Break
10:00am – 10:30am Sustainability Goals and Root Cause Analysis to Minimize Impacts From High Drop Heights in Shipping and Handling Cosan Unuvar, Meyer Corporation
10:30am – 11:00am Evaluation of the Load Distribution of Corrugated Containers Utilizing Pressure Mat Technology Ralph Rupert, Millwood, Inc.
11:00am – 11:30am Process Driven Organizations: Why Distribution Qualification Must be Process Driven, Not People Driven Lauren La Spina, Adept Packaging
11:30am – Noon Defining Packaging Performance through Transportation Testing Hrishikesh Munj Dow Chemical Company
Noon – 12:15pm Wrap-Up and Open Discussion
12:15 – 12:45pm ISTA Membership Meeting
1:30pm – 5:00pm ISTA Global Board Meeting (Board members only)
7:00pm – 9:00pm ISTA Global Board Dinner (Board members only)
8:30am – Noon ISTA Global Board Meeting (Board members only)