CLEMSON – Paul Dunnavant and Wayne Stevenson are winners of the Clemson University packaging science department’s Outstanding Seniors Fall Semester 2016 awards.

Paul Dunnavant wins award.

Paul Dunnavant, a senior from Lexington, is the Package World Outstanding Package Senior for the Fall 2016 semester at Clemson University.
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Dunnavant, a senior from Lexington, is the Packaging World Outstanding Packaging Science Senior. He plans to graduate this December with a bachelor’s degree in packaging science and a minor in business administration.  During his time at Clemson, Dunnavant completed an eight-month co-op rotation with BMW Manufacturing in Greer, as well as a summer internship with the environmental department at AECOM in Greenville.

Additionally, he worked as a packaging design contractor with Package InSight in Greenville. Over the past four years, Dunnavant has participated in a number of packaging science Creative Inquiry teams and design competitions, received the Paperboard Packaging Alliance Scholarship and was the director of marketing for the Packaging Jamboree Committee. After graduation, Dunnavant plans to pursue a career in the automotive industry.

Dunnavant said he believes he has learned valuable information by pursuing his degree from the Clemson Packaging Science Department.

“The packaging field is a very broad field to cover as a major in college,” Dunnavant said. “But Clemson has done a great job trying to cover all of the grounds, so students can experience and learn about all the industries and see where they want to end up. However, the faculty is what makes the difference. College courses can only teach so much. If students take the time to speak and learn more about the faculty themselves, invaluable guidance and information can be learned.”

Wayne Stevenson, a Clemson University senior from Elkhart, Indiana, is the Dr. Robert Testin Outstanding Packaging Science Senior for the Fall 2016 Semester.

Wayne Stevenson, a Clemson University senior from Maudin, is the Dr. Robert Testin Outstanding Packaging Science Senior for the Fall 2016 Semester.
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Stevenson is the Dr. Robert Testin Outstanding Packaging Science Senior. Stevenson was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, but he has called Upstate South Carolina his home for eight years. His family lives in Mauldin. Stevenson came to Clemson intending to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

“I have always had an interest in the sciences and design, which led me to Clemson University,” Stevenson said. “During my freshman year, I was introduced to the packaging science degree program and determined packaging science was a much better fit for my interests.”

Currently, Stevenson is completing a bachelor’s degree in packaging science with a minor in business administration. He has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average while at Clemson. In addition, he has completed a co-op in 2015 with Package InSight as a project manager, concentrating on consumer biometric research projects.

Jeffery Rhodehamel, chairman of the Clemson food, nutrition and packaging sciences department, said Dunnavant and Stevenson are excellent examples of all of the students in the program.

“Paul and Wayne set very high standards for all that they do,” Rhodehamel said. “They exhibit excellent leadership skills and exemplify what it means to be someone of high caliber. They are well-deserving of these awards.”

For more information on the Clemson University packaging science program, go to http://www.clemson.edu/degrees/packaging-science.

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