Getting to Know Nitin Joshi May 2017

Nitin Joshi

Nitin Joshi’s volunteer experiences with IFT have certainly been well-rounded. He has served as chair of the Philadelphia Section, as committee chair for the Longhorn Section, and as an IFT Student Assoc. chapter vice-president. He has also helped IFT by reviewing studies for the Journal of Food Science, serving on awards juries, organizing technical sessions, judging college bowl competitions, and encouraging members to pursue the Certified Food Scientist credential.

“I enjoy encouraging other members, specifically the emerging professionals,” says Joshi. “It is very important to connect with the newer generation to demonstrate the value of giving back to society and the community.”

And in light of Joshi’s role as vice-president of product development within the Global Innovation Partnerships group of Dairy Management Inc., a nonprofit organization funded by America’s dairy farmers, it might make sense that he would be most intimately involved in the Dairy Foods Division. Among other efforts, he has served as chair, organized webcasts, planned social events, reviewed abstracts and judged competitions, and most recently, led the efforts in creating a brand-new online short course centered on dairy fundamentals. “Since I have a good amount of experience working in industry as well as in academia, I wanted to use my expertise to create a short course for the benefit of the people who are new to the dairy field,” he explains.

Joshi has been volunteering with various groups since childhood, and by prioritizing and managing his time well, adding these IFT activities has not affected his work-life balance negatively. He encourages fellow IFT members to do the same, both for the skills they will develop and the pleasure they will receive from giving back. “My involvement with IFT has helped expand my leadership skills and build a vast network of like-minded professionals,” he says.

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