Colleen L. Twomey


  • BS Printing Management, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • MBA, University of Delaware

Areas of Research/Interest

Her teaching and research interests include interactive packaging, packaging trends, branding and the consumer, and printed electronics. One of the most exciting project that she has students experience is the Phoenix Challenge Packaging competition. Phoenix Challenge is a year-long rebrand of a local company, and it counts towards senior project. The students compete against outstanding schools, in front of industry judges, and get to network with thousands of industry professionals at the conference; it’s real-world, high-stakes, and Cal Poly does very well every year.

Colleen started teaching at Cal Poly with 22 years in the consumer packaging and business industry. She loves how packaging influences consumer behavior through color, imagery, touch, smell, and interactivity, and how students are focused on sustainability, coming up with awesome solutions in the Consumer Packaging classes! They also address accessibility in packaging innovations through interesting and unique opening structures and ergonomics.

Highlight of Career

Colleen had a fantastic career in the industry before coming to Cal Poly GrC, but the familial sense of POD faculty, the community of our students, and the interaction of our advisory board just can’t be beat! Getting a job at Cal Poly was the highlight of her career as was taking a sabbatical to teach in Munich, Germany with her family.

She enjoys being a mom, a faculty member and part of a very welcoming department. She also enjoys the inspiration that our students provide. Her favorite color is yellow!

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • Virtual via Calendly:
    Monday/Friday 11:00am-12:00pm
    Also by appointment