The Unit Load Design and Performance course is offered in collaboration with the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association. This unique 2.5-day course will focus on holistic unit load design. Attendees will learn how to use the interactions between wood pallets and packages to lower the cost of the unit load and improve the performance. By the end of the course, attendees will be able to optimize their pallet designs for different types of packages, redesign the pallet to decrease the compression stress experienced by corrugated boxes, and design large pallets for flexible unit loads.

Fee Information

Be sure to enroll by October 12th for the early bird discounted rates.

If you are a CPULD or NWPCA member, contact Kate Bridgeman jasmit29@vt.edu for the promotional registration code.

Location Information

See program website for lodging information: https://www.unitload.vt.edu/education/continuing-education/unit-load-design-and-performance.html 



Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 2024: 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 2024: 8:00am- 5:00pm
Thursday, Nov. 14th, 2024: 8:00am-12:00pm


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.

DR. BRAD GETHING Vice President
National Wood Pallet and Container Association

Brad Gething became a member of the NWPCA staff in July 2013, taking on the role of Technical and PDS Manager. Brad’s role includes participation in various standards bodies, promotion of research and development, and support on other technical issues related to the wood packaging industry. He also serves as a point of contact for PDS design support.

MS. KRISTEN DELACK Professional Engineer,
National Wood Pallet and Container Association

Kristen DeLack, a Virginia Tech alumna, is a 25-year veteran Structural Engineer who joined NWPCA in 2016. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas and Virginia. Prior to joining NWPCA, Kristen, worked in the offshore oil and gas industry. During this time, she developed design and analysis software tools that helped engineers around the world efficiently design and build safe subsea structures. She is widely recognized as an expert in finite element analysis, which serves as the backbone for calculations performed by PDS.

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Unit Load Design and Performance
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8:00AM to 5:00PM
Nov 12, 2024 to Nov 13, 2024
8:00AM to 12:00PM
Nov 14, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virginia Tech - Blacksburg (Main Campus)
Fees Starting at $1,446.00
Section Notes
For the most up-to-date information related to this program, please visit this web site.

Refund and Cancellation Policy:
Refund requests must be received 14 calendar days prior to the program start date. A $30 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds. Requests should be sent by email or by initiating a drop request through the student portal in our online registration system. As an alternative to a refund, you may send a substitute at no additional cost. Please contact us at 540-231-5182 or e-mail cpeinfo@vt.edu to request a substitution. Please note: refunds will not be issued for no-shows or for cancellations received on or after the program start date. In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollments or unforeseen circumstances, the university will fully refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other expenses, including cancellation or change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, travel agencies, or other organizations.

Anyone requesting special requirements for this program should contact cpeinfo@vt.edu.
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