Robert M. Kimmel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Science Department
Robert Kimmel earned four degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his B.S. in materials engineering in 1964, another M.S. in 1965, Mat.E. in 1967 and a Sc.D. in materials engineering in 1968. He joined the Clemson faculty in 1999 and has been with the University for over 20 years. Dr. Robert Kimmel has more than fifty years of experience working with polymers, and more than 40 years of experience with packaging. He is the holder of six United States and four international patents. His current research interests focus on the environmental impact of packaging, paperboard packaging and packaging of aggressive, volatile chemicals. Beyond his research, he is the director of the Clemson University Center for Flexible Packaging (CEFPACK) which is an industry-university consortium providing a broad range of materials and package preparation and testing services to the flexible packaging industry. He has taught six different courses at Clemson at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For the past 17 years he has been responsible for the project-based, capstone course of the Packaging Science undergraduate curriculum.