Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

Clemson’s Sonoco FRESH initiative awards three research grants


The Sonoco FRESH initiative at Clemson University has awarded three research grants to professors who are addressing issues regarding the safety, security and sustainability of food throughout the value chain. With funding provided by Sonoco (a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services), each project focuses on how packaging can extend the shelf life of food, with particular emphasis on perforation density, recyclable adhesives and gas permeability.

The faculty members receiving the research grants are:

  • Goutam Koley, Ph.D., Samuel R. Rhodes Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Morteza Sabet, Ph.D. and James Sternberg, Ph.D., both research assistant professors in the Department of Automotive Engineering
  • Rama Podila, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy

“Sonoco has been honored to sponsor several calls for research proposals to be funded through Sonoco FRESH,” said Jeff Schuetz, Staff Vice President, Global Technology at Sonoco and FRESH Advisory Board Chair. “The unique multi-disciplinary FRESH research program recognizes the importance of developing solutions and we encourage companies at each step of the food value chain to support this program.”

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