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Advanced Packaging Dynamics: Measurement and Simulations, TBD, Spring 2025

This will be a 2.5-day, in-person course and will inform attendees about the principles of shock, free, forced and random vibration, field data collection practices, sensor selection, laboratory simulations of field data and how to use the obtained information to optimize the packaging and eliminate damage. By the end of the course, the attendees will be able to collect field data, analyze the collected data, and setup laboratory simulations.

This course is designed to be delivered in-person due to the extensive hands-on elements.

Shock, Vibration, and Cushioning Packaging Systems, Short Course

Shock, Vibration, and Cushioning Packaging Systems, Short Course


Course Partner:

Who should attend:

  • Packaging engineers
  • Quality Engineers
  • Packaging Sales

Topics covered in this short course:

  • Fundamentals of vibration and shock
  • Accelerometer types and sensor selection
  • Field data collection best practices
  • How to instrument different transportation modes to collection vibration data
  • How to setup instrumented decoy packages to characterize the e-commerce environment
  • Vibration and shock data analysis
  • Laboratory simulation of shock and vibration events
  • Collection and analysis of low-acceleration and long-duration shock events
  • Laboratory simulations for load stability



Dr. Laszlo Horvath

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design

In 2010, Dr. Horvath received his Ph.D. in Forest Biomaterials from NC State. He is one of the few packaging professionals who have received the "ISTA CPLP – Professional Level" certification. He is the chair of the ASTM D1185 working group, a U.S. delegate of TC 51, and a voting member of ANSI MH1 and MH 10 committees.

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Eric Joneson

Mr. Eric Joneson

Vice President of Technology, Lansmont Corp

Joneson holds a B.S. in Packaging from Michigan State University and has an extended experience in areas of transportation packaging, supply chain dynamics measurement and analysis and laboratory testing applications. He is a member of both IAPRI and ISTA’s Board of Directors, as well as Lansmont’s Delegate of the ISTA Advocate Council. He participates and contributes within ASTM Committee D10 on Packaging. Joneson represents Lansmont, a PPT Group brand, as they support global research initiatives through various Packaging Research Institutes and Universities.

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There are three types of tickets for this short course, detailed below. This course is ONLY being offered for in-person attendance. All attendees will be expected to participate in 2.5 days of lectures, laboratory exercises, and coursework. Daily, they will be served breakfast, given lunch breaks, and multiple snack breaks. All participants will receive a certificate of completion within two weeks of successfully finishing the course.

  • Public Attendee (In-Person): $1,556.00 (early registration = $1,456.00)
  • CPULD Member  (50% discount): $778.00 (early registration = $728.00)
  • Lansmont Customer (20% discount): $1,264.00 (early registration = $1,164.00)


Time & Location:

This course will be held in-person TBD, Spring 2025. It will consist of 2.5 days of lectures, laboratory assignments, and tours. All of these activities will be at the Brooks Forest Products Center, just off Virginia Tech campus near the Corporate Research Center, in Blacksburg, VA.

This course is designed to be experienced in-person. Active participation in assignments and discussions will be expected over the full 2.5 days of this short course. 

  • Tuesday = 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday = 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday = 8:00am-12:00pm

Brooks Forest Products Center
Virginia Tech, MC 0503
1650 Research Center Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061



The Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design works with the Courtyard by Marriott to make sure there are rooms available at discounted rates for anyone attending this short course. 

Check back regularly to reserve your hotel room for the discounted rate!

The Courtyard by Marriott is located less than two miles from the Brooks Center building, where our short courses are held, and it offers many amenities including an indoor pool, exercise room, business area with free WIFI, and a delicious cafe on the premises. They also offer a shuttle service to and from the hotel that short course attendees have found helpful in the past. Please let them know upon check-in if you will need this shuttle service.

Please contact John Hale,, or Marriott directly at 540-552-5222, or register online using the direct linkfor your hotel room at the Courtyard by Marriott. If you call, be sure to mention the short course you're in Blacksburg to attend in order to receive the discounted rate on your hotel room!


Hilton Garden Inn Blacksburg



The closest airport is the Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA), which is approximately 35 miles from Blacksburg, VA.

There are multiple car rental agencies as well as cab services located at the airport to transport visitors to Blackburg, VA.


The other nearby airports used by short course attendees are:




Course Content Information:
Laszlo Horvath, Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design
Phone: (540) 231-7673

Eric Joneson, Vice President of Technology, Lansmont Corp.
Phone: (831) 655-6670

General CPULD Information:
Angie Riegel, Program Specialist
Phone: (540) 231-7107

J. Kate Bridgeman, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (540) 231-7107

Registration Questions:
Erich Sawyer, Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development
CPE Enrollment Coordinator, Virginia Tech Outreach Program Development

Or Registration Questions via phone: (540) 231-4084