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TAGA hosts graphic arts excellence competition

Apr 28, 2011 12:00 AM

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Students and their professors from universities around the globe were invited to participate with engineers, scientists and practitioners from the graphic arts industry in the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) Annual Technical Conference, its 63rd, held March 6–8 in Pittsburgh, PA.

Each year, the association invites members of its 14 global student chapters to compete for honors to be awarded to individual undergraduate and graduate students for achievements of technical excellence, as well as a grand prize awarded to an institution. The awards ceremony is held during a banquet at the end of three days of intense technical presentations from industry luminaries and exciting keynotes from inside and outside the industry.

Participating in the TAGA competition this year were students from Ball State University, California Polytechnic State University, Clemson University, Grenoble Institute of Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ryerson University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and Western Michigan University.

Individual students have the opportunity to win the “Harvey R. Levenson Student Paper Award” and the “Dusty Rhodes Graduate Student Paper Award,” respectively. This year the undergraduate award went to Ruth Tupe, Rama Luksiarto, and Marianna Kosterina of Ryerson University.

This year, Rochester Institute of Technology received TAGA's highest honor, the “Helmut Kipphan Student Publication Award.” Previous winners of the travelling cup include Ryerson University in 2010, Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009, Ryerson University in 2008, and California Polytechnic State University in 2007.

"The quality of this year’s journals and the submitted papers was outstanding," says Alexandra Pekarovicova, TAGA vice president, technical papers and professor at Western Michigan University. “The panel of judges, representing industry and academia had a difficult time choosing the winners. It is a great tribute to the institutions, the chapter advisors and all of the professors, as much as it is to the students themselves.”

Next year's technical conference will be March 18–21, 2012, in Jacksonville, FL. Contact TAGA administrator Jessica Meyers for more information: