ICPF Partnership Benefits Visual Comm Students

The ongoing partnership between the Department of Art & Art History and the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) continues to benefit UT Arlington students.

In 2014, an ICPF grant led to creating the department’s Corrugated Prototype Design and CAD Production Lab and a student team won the Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Display Interactive Teleconference national competition. This summer, MFA candidate Shaban Al-Refai was named the first ICPF summer intern for UT Arlington.

Robert Hower, professor and department chair, said the relationship with ICPF has made a direct impact on the learning and future careers of students in the Visual Communication program.

“In the first year of the relationship, our students received first prize in a North American competition,” said Hower. “We have also placed numerous students in national internships and immediate employment opportunities upon graduation. We intend to expand our packaging offerings for incoming students and continue to produce highly qualified graduates to fulfill the needs of industry.”

Al-Refai’s internship is funded through ICPF’s corporate partnerships. Recently, Smurfit Kappa, Europe’s leading corrugated packaging company, pledged $150,000 to ICPF, and began working with the UTA intern at its Texas operations facility.

“The internship is a unique opportunity for Shaban to expand his knowledge of the packaging industry at the international level,” Hower said. “Clearly, this assists in broadening his career options internationally.”

To learn more about the program and the CorrPro lab, visit the department’s website.

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