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Undergraduate Student

Page Clayton

Packaging Systems and Design

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

  • Minor: Industrial Design

My hometown of Exmore, Virginia, is on the coast and is surrounded by the beautiful Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. I love the sights and sounds of the small woods, farms, and beaches. This is one of the main reasons that I knew I wanted to have a career that could make an impact directly or indirectly to preserve places just like it.

I have always had a hands-on approach to learning new things. However, I’ve never been afraid to compile mountains of data and reference materials in order to make sure that something can be carried out in the best manner possible. I have learned to balance information gathering with the ability to make quick decisions.

When I applied to Virginia Tech, I had no idea of what major I would end up choosing. I tried engineering for a year but quickly found out that it wasn’t for me. I eventually found myself applying to the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, which is where I found the packaging systems and design major. There I learned about how I could reduce natural resource consumption by improving upon everyday product packaging. I started to realize how much of an impact I could have if I continued on this path, so I latched on and ran with it.

Since then, I have become vice president of Virginia Tech’s Institute of Packaging Professionals Student Chapter and participated in an internship with the Packaging Corporation of America. My career goal is to analyze and create product supply chains to make them more optimal and sustainable through extensive performance testing. I look forward to going out into my prospective career after I graduate in the spring, but I’m hoping to expand my communication and leadership skills this year with the Leadership Institute. I want to be able to share my vision of more sustainable supply chains and back it up with self-confidence, which I hope I can build up in the program.

Honors and Awards

  • AF&PA Paperboard Packaging Alliance Scholarship
  • G. Scott Francis Scholarship
  • Hardwood Manufacturer’s Association Scholarship
  • Dean’s List, 2013

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