Top in Design: MISIS University Students Win PART Award

Two students from the MISIS University have claimed first place in the student category of the PART Award 2024, an international prize in packaging production and design. Their projects were evaluated by experts in industrial design, polymer materials, and sustainable development. This year, 94 applications were received from companies, with 24 participants competing in the student category.

The jury has awarded two projects in the same category only three times in the award’s ten-year history. For the first time, both winning projects in the “Student Concept” category were supervised by the same mentor, Leon Bedoev, a senior lecturer in the Department of Automated Design and Engineering at MISIS University.

“Everything develops gradually. Last year, our students’ models reached the finals. This time, the students paid more attention to the feasibility of their projects—an important criterion in their category—enhanced their digital modeling skills, and they were so impressive that the jury decided to award two winners,” said Leon Bedoev.

Nikita Kruglyak, a third-year student of the Institute of Computer Science, designed a three-tier packaging for salads with multiple toppings. This packaging improves the user experience during meal assembly by eliminating the need for separate containers for each ingredient, while still maintaining the freshness and taste of the components until consumption. It is also more cost-effective for production.

“In my design, I aimed for simplicity and elegance to highlight the product’s quality and ensure ease of use. I chose polypropylene as the material—it’s a plastic that is temperature-resistant and safe for microwave use. This is convenient for consumers who want to heat their meals before eating,” explained Nikita Kruglyak.

Anna Grigorchuk, also a third-year student of the Institute of Computer Science, created a design concept for the skincare brand UVENTA. In her development, Anna considered the needs of the product’s target audience and focused on the natural composition of the product and the eco-friendliness of the packaging.

Experts evaluated the packaging designs based on eight criteria: construction, protective function, ease of use and storage, appeal and informativeness for the customer, originality of design, eco-friendliness, use of new technologies, and feasibility.