Meet the Judges

Each year, paperboard industry professionals dedicate time to identifying the top Student Design Challenge entries. In 2018, the panel includes:

Richard DePaul
With 50 years experience in both converting and consumer aspects of paperboard packaging, Richard DePaul has a unique industry perspective. He is experienced in virtually every facet of structural and graphic design from hand-packed specialty items to ultra high speed, fully automated packaging. 






Jeremy Harger
Jeremy is currently Design Director for Loot Crate – a leader in the pop culture fandom mystery subscription box space. He has over 20 years of paperboard packaging design experience, receiving his first paper cut while designing footwear packaging at Nike in Oregon. In NYC, he helped redesign Nike-subsidiary Cole Haan's brand identity and entire retail product packaging line. At Coach, he designed luxury packaging for their first-ever fragrance, among other products. He worked for L.A.-based denim company Lucky Brand, which challenged him to "design new packaging that looks old." At Loot Crate, Jeremy divides his time between helping design and curate the products and packaging that goes into the crates as well as creating some of the unique box transformations the company has become known for.


Patrick Shields
From packaging design student to packaging professional, Patrick Shields has spent the last 30 years dedicated to paperboard packaging. In his current role as Director of Structural Design - Packaging Solutions for WestRock, he has been involved with a host of name brand CPGs as well as a variety of startups. Whatever the company size, he brings a blend of technical know-how and creativity to each project. His innovation approach involves multiple disciplines from the WestRock team as well as the client - game changing innovation is only possible when you blend design with technology, production, marketing, operations, and purchasing.



Brett Wade
Brett Wade has spent his career - nearly 30 years - with International Paper (IP). He has held packaging converting positions in quality customer service, product management, sales and sales management. In 1996 he shifted focus to IP's paperboard division. In that capacity he has traveled globally with multinational customers and is currently Global Segment Manager, with responsibility for select global consumer markets and coated paperboard sales to Asia Pacific.





Bambang Witoradyo
Bambang is currently the Design Manager at Sonoco Display and Packaging in the New Jersey area. He started his career in 1998 teaching design studios at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture and has since worked in diverse areas including architecture, 3D software development, P.O.P display and packaging design. Within the display and packaging field his roles include concept development, 3d visualization, Structural design and CAD specification development. Bambang's cross disciplinary experience gives him a unique perspective from which to develop and direct the design team.