Enrique Palou, PhD Distinguished Professor, Universidad de las Americas Puebla

Dr. Enrique Palou is Distinguished Professor and Past-Chair, Chemical and Food Engineering Department, and Director of the Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology Education at Universidad de las Americas Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico. Professor Palou is Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor of the Journal of Food Science Education since 2004 and has been Chair of IFT's Education Division and Higher Education Review Board. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Washington State University as well as a M.Sc. in Food Engineering from UDLAP and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

Dr. Palou is co-author of the book Nonthermal Preservation of Foods, has edited other 2 books, published 38 book chapters and more than 200 scientific publications. Enrique has presented more than 400 technical conferences at international meetings. Enrique has been PI or Co-PI in over 45 research projects (national and international funding) and participated in several consulting projects for the food industry. His former students hold important positions of leadership in academia and industry.

Dr. Palou is Fellow of the IFT, Mexican National Researcher Level 3 (highest possible) and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences of Mexico. He has been awarded University-wide awards for teaching excellence six times. Professor Palou’s ultimate goal is to yield well-rounded, professionally oriented scientists, technologists, and engineers with a holistic outlook and the ability to assume leadership roles in the global industry, academe, and society.

After serving for many years in various divisions, boards, committees, and task forces of our association Enrique is prepared to continue working to further enhance IFT's bright future. He will bring an international perspective to the Nominations & Elections Committee while striving for balanced representation of race, gender, geographical distribution, and professional experience to assure that it reflects fairly the diverse constituency of our membership as well as ensuring that appropriate volunteer leaders are selected, thus enhancing the long-term success of IFT.