Meet the Judges

Each year, paperboard industry professionals dedicate time to identifying the top Student Design Challenge entries. In 2019, the panel includes:



Pat ShieldsPatrick Shields
Director of Structural Design | WestRock

With over 30 years in the industry it never gets old … the innovative possibilities and technical attributes of paperboard are a constant source of inspiration. As a Structural Design professional, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a variety of customers in virtually every end-use category. Whether the goal is purely visual or functionally based, a technical and creative viewpoint sets the course. This competition is the perfect gateway for students to explore a unique industry as they work to understand the customer (and consumer’s) needs … and their own creativity.


Brett WadeBrett Wade
Global Segment Manager | Graphic Packaging International

Brett is currently Global Segment Manager for Graphic Packaging International’s paperboard business. He started his career in 1983 and has held consumer packaging positions in customer service, quality, product development, global sales and sales management. As Segment Manager, Brett has export paperboard sales responsibility for Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific in addition to select national accounts. He has worked with supplying paperboard packaging solutions for numerous multinational customers. Brett has a BS in Business from Miami University and an MBA from Maryville University’s Simon School of Business.


Bambang Witoradyo
Design Mananger | Sonoco Display and Packaging

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.