(AQS-24 Project Manager, Northrop Grumman)
When I first came to Virginia Tech my goal was to earn a degree in engineering, but early on I realized it was not for me. I learned about the Packaging Systems and Design program here at Virginia Tech from my advisor who advertised it as engineering mixed with business and science.
I attended an information meeting where Dr. Horvath gave a presentation on the effects of deckboard placement on a pallet for sports drink bottles. It was so interesting to see how they were able to save the company money by slightly changing the position of the boards. I knew that this was something I wanted to pursue as a career.
This program will give you hands-on experience that remains relevant once you enter the real world. The small class sizes will enable you to develop relationships with your classmates and professors that will last well beyond the graduation stage. The best times I’ve had at Virginia Tech have been because I chose the Packaging program.
Earning a degree from the Packaging Systems and Design program at Virginia Tech opened the door to many opportunities. There is an incredible diversity of positions that are available to graduates across multiple job industries. Whether your interests lie in sustainability, supply chain optimization, marketing, or packaging innovations, there are many employers looking to hire the expertise this program imparts. Go Hokies!!