Face-to-Face: Meet Mary Ellen Camire
Ever wonder if anyone else is facing the same professional challenges as you? Or just looking to connect with some new people in your field? In IFT's Face-to-Face series, we will be introducing you to a different IFT member every month with a fun, insightful Q&A session.
This month meet...
Mary Ellen Camire, Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Maine
- How did you get your start in the food industry?
Accidentally – I was married to a food scientist and his company invited me to help with consumer testing. I realized that consumer liking was truly linked to acceptance of healthful foods.
- What do you love about your job?
Almost every day, I get to touch someone’s life in a beneficial way. My students need mentoring in which career path they should follow, colleagues need advice on research designs, and companies need help with protocols for sensory evaluation or clinical testing designs.
- What is the biggest challenge that you face in your job?
Federal funds for food science have become very focused so many commodities are not being served adequately.
- What have you learned or been exposed to in the past 12 months that has helped you in your job?
The IFT Certified Food Scientist program is a revolutionary change in how we view the profession. I’m excited to teach my students the critical thinking skills to enable them to excel not just in their jobs but at an international level.
- How do you see the food industry evolving over the coming year?
The world is shrinking. We need to identify global issues that impact food scientists, and in turn, the food industry.
- Fun Fact: What’s your favorite food?
Anything blue: blueberries, bleu cheese, blue potatoes. And, if you deep fat-fry it, I (and my grandkids) will probably eat it!
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