Rafael Auras, School of Packaging at Michigan State University, USA
Dr. Rafael Auras is an Associate Professor with the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. Dr. Auras leads a research group of undergraduate and graduate students interested in mass transfer in polymers, biodegradable and compostable polymers, life cycle assessment (LCA), packaging waste, and sustainable packaging systems. He has conducted research projects for Fortune 500 companies and government sponsored research projects. He is a regular speaker at national and international conferences regarding biodegradation and compostability of packaging systems, the environmental footprint assessment of packaging using LCA methodologies, and the creation and design of packaging for sustainable development. He has authored and/or coauthored more than 100 publications. Dr. Auras graduated with an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Misiones, Argentina, an MS in Materials Science and Technology from the National University of San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a PhD in packaging from Michigan State University. He lives in Okemos, Michigan with his wife and 2 sons.