Meet the Judges

Each year, paperboard industry professionals dedicate time to identifying the top Student Design Challenge entries. In 2016, 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. 

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.

Guest Judges

Jennifer Mitkal HeadshotJennifer Mitkal
Jennifer Mitkal is a packaging engineer with Barilla, an Italian and European food company. She is currently working on a global revision to Barilla’s existing pasta packaging design and completing the packaging for several new product additions to Barilla’s lineup. She has over 15 years of experience working with paperboard, corrugated, thermoformed plastics, extruded films, and injection molded plastics and holds a patent for ready meal trays and the sealing technology used to keep the product in separate trays. Jennifer graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Packaging and from Loyola University Chicago with an MBA.

John Rebhorn portraitJohn Rebhorn
John Rebhorn is a senior principal packaging engineer with General Mills, a global food company with sales of $15 billion annually. He is the lead packaging R&D engineer for the cereal platform, which includes Honey Nut Cheerios, the best-selling cereal in the U.S. The efforts he leads include developing material development strategies, creating design standards, reducing damage in distribution, sustainability, and improving package performance in production. A 36-year packaging industry veteran, he has worked with paperboard, corrugated, co-extruded films, and flexible laminations. He holds seven patents and has twice received General Mills’ Bell Achievement Award for Innovation and Excellence. John graduated from University of Wisconsin Stout with a BS in Industrial Technology and a concentration in Packaging and a Business minor.