Dr. Awadhoot Shendye is first Indian to earned Ph.D. in Paper and Printing Science from Western Michigan University. He holds two Master of Science degrees, first one in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering from Western Michigan University and second in Packaging Science from Michigan State University. Currently he is working for The Challenge Printing Company, Clifton NJ as a Technical Development Engineer. He is expert in developing security printing inks & anti-counterfeiting solutions for packaging. He has developed Brand Color Management software ‘ColorScale’ and ‘ColorScope’. He presented his research work on color science and color management in international conferences and journals like Technical Association of Graphic Arts, Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industries, Inter Society Color Council Folding Carton Industry bimonthly & Gravure Magazine.
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Western Michigan University founded in 1903 is research university & one of the 100 largest universities in the United States. WMU’s Department of Chemical and Paper Engineering is the only program in the world to have, on a single campus, pilot plants that can take a project from paper pulp to the printed page. Ph.D. in Paper & Printing Science is the only Ph.D. program offered in paper & printing science in the United States.

Michigan State ranks 92nd in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, which measures scientific research. U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU 72nd in the U.S. and 29th among public universities. MSU School of Packaging is the pioneer and leader in its field. It is the first program of its kind. More than half of all packaging graduates employed in the U.S. come from Michigan State.