New Faculty Members

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AgBioResearch is pleased to welcome two faculty members with new AgBio appointments.

Rafael AurasRafael Auras, assistant professor of packaging, became affiliated with the MAES in August. His research focuses on sustainable packaging systems, life cycle assessment, carbon-neutral packaging, and the ability of packaging materials to biodegrade and be composted. His other research interests include mass and heat transfer in polymers, and food product/package compatibility and interaction. Auras is currently evaluating biodegradable polymers, especially for use at mulch farms, overwinter houses and in transplant pots. He also is developing methods to better understand how polymers degrade in soil and composting environments.

Auras came to MSU in 2000 as a Fulbright fellow in the School of Packaging until 2002. He then worked as a research and teaching assistant until 2004 and then was named an assistant professor. Auras received his doctorate in packaging from MSU in 2004, his master’s degree in materials science and technology from the National University of San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1999, and his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the National University of Misiones, Argentina, in 1996.

Elizabeth Quilliam, assistant professor of advertising, became affiliated with the MAES in August. Her research focuses on the intersection of marketing and society, especially public policy issues related to children and advertising, privacy and corporate social responsibility.Elizabeth Quilliam

Before coming to MSU, Quilliam was Harrison/Omnicom professor of advertising at West Virginia University. Before joining academia, she worked for several companies, including Equifax Card Services, CUNA Service Group Card Services, NYCE Network and Ameritrust Corp., and as a consultant specializing in marketing communications and sales support.

Quilliam received her doctorate in mass media from MSU in 2008, her master’s degree in business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 1982, and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oberlin College in 1974.

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