IAPRI Executive Directors
Jay Singh, Ph.D.
Jay received his MS and Ph.D. in Packaging Science from Michigan State University. Considered amongst the top experts in the field of distribution packaging globally, Jay has published over 95 peer-reviewed articles, 73 articles in conference proceedings, 32 trade journal articles, 3 book chapters, co-authored 2 books, and edited 1 book. Several of his publications have resulted in the development/modification of numerous globally acknowledged packaging test standards. Several of his research efforts have led to innovative packaging designs that have been implemented in the field. His expertise includes teaching, training, testing services, and contract research in package design, distribution environment measurement and simulation, material and package testing, product-package compatibility, and LCA. Jay currently serves as the President of the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes (IAPRI) and is a past Director on the International Safe Transit Association’s (ISTA) Global Board. Having undertaken funded research of over $5.3+ million from state, federal agencies and industry as well as currently holding four patents, Jay was recognized with the Distinguished Scholarship Award in 2017 by Cal Poly. Jay is also the recipient of the ISTA 2019 R. David LeButt Award.
Edward A. Church
Secretary General, IAPRI
Church was President of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), serving in that capacity from 1995 until 2016. He is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Packaging with both a Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Packaging. He is an IoPP Fellow and Lifetime Certified Packaging Professional and has an extensive background in transport packaging performance testing. He was one of the founders of Lansmont Corporation, including President. He is a member of the ASTM D-10 and F-2, and past board member of IAPRI. Church is a Past President and Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) and is an Honorary Life Member. He has been inducted into the National Packaging Hall of Fame and the MSU Packaging Hall of Fame. Ed is also the recipient of the ISTA 2016 R. David LeButt Award.
In his over 50 plus year career in packaging, he has given over 100 conference presentations around the world.
Ed became the Secretary General of IAPRI in January of 2018.