Dr. Cindy Stewart is Senior Director, Advanced Research, Global R&D for PepsiCo, New York. In this role, Cindy leads a team of research engineers focused on the development of innovative processing technologies. Prior to joining PepsiCo, she was General Manager, Silliker, Inc. Food Science Center. Previous positions Cindy has held include Director, Scientific Affairs, at the National Center for Food Safety and Technology, which included leading the DUST consortium, which won the IFT Food Expo Innovation Award for the development and validation of pressure assisted thermal sterilization process; High Pressure Processing Program Manager for CSIRO’s Food Science Australia, where she co-led the establishment of the Innovative Foods Center; Sr. Research Microbiologist, Corporate R&D, Nabisco; and Research Associate II, University of Delaware. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Food Science from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Food Science from Rutgers University.
Cindy has published and presented over 120 papers and book chapters primarily on nonthermal processing technologies, predictive microbiological modeling and microbial risk management. She has been a member of IFT since 1989. She has served in many elected positions, including Member-at Large for the Food Microbiology Division, as Chair, Biotechnology Division, and Chair, Nonthermal Processing Division which she has been actively engaged since its inception in 1999. She received the NPD Outstanding Member Award in 2008. She has served on the Myron Solberg and Food Expo Innovation Award Committees, AMSPAP Food Safety and Defense Sub-panel, currently serving as Chair, and National Center for Food Protection and Defense Research Evaluation and Advisory Panel.