Professor and Director 

School of Packaging, Michigan State University


Susan E. Selke is a Professor at Michigan State University and Director of the School of Packaging, where she has been a faculty member for 33 years. She received a Distinguished Faculty Award from MSU in 2012. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemical engineering from Michigan State. Her research interests include environmental impacts of packaging; sustainability; plastics recycling; biodegradable and biobased plastics; composites of plastics with natural fibers; life cycle assessment; nanotechnology and packaging, and other areas.


She has authored or coauthored several books on packaging materials and on packaging and environmental issues, as well as over 150 articles and book chapters. Courses she teaches include plastics packaging, packaging materials, packaging and the environment, stability and recycling of packaging materials, and analytical solutions to packaging design.

Contact Information

448 Wilson Road Rm. 135

East Lansing, MI 48824-1223



Phone: (517) 353-4891  I  Email:




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