Syed S.H. Rizvi Honored by IFT

May 18, 2010


Mindy Weinstein

Syed S.H. Rizvi Honored by IFT

CHICAGO – Syed S.H. Rizvi, International Professor, Cornell University has been selected as the winner of the 2010 Bor S. Luh International Award by the Institute of Food Technologists, a not-for-profit international society with members working in food science, technology and related professions.

The Bor S. Luh International Award is given yearly to an IFT member or an institution whose outstanding efforts result in one or more of the following: (1) international exchange of ideas in the field of food technology; (2) better international understanding in the field of food technology; and/or (3) practical successful transfer of food technology to an economically depressed area in a developing or developed nation. The award will be presented at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago, IL on July 17th 2010, and includes $3,000 honorarium and a plaque from the Bor S. Luh Endowment Fund of the IFT Foundation.

As a Jefferson Science Fellow in the U.S. Department of State, Rizvi has actively assisted the U.S. Trade and Development Agency in engaging small- and medium-size enterprises in developing countries to facilitate partnerships with U.S.-based food processing companies to minimize food losses and create affordable, value-added products in countries such as India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

As an educator, Rizvi also teaches parts of international development courses which give students a chance to experience first-hand the challenges of establishing food businesses in rapidly developing nations through an intensive three-week field trip to India.

IFT recognizes the many accomplishments that individuals and organizations have made to advance the food science industry and to help ensure safe, affordable, and nutritious foods to the world.  To honor these individuals and organizations, the IFT Awards Program was created. This program grants awards, fellowships, and prizes for outstanding accomplishments in all areas of food science and technology, administering 14 Achievement Awards, the Marcel Loncin Research Prize, and the IFT Fellows program.  A complete list of Award Winners can be found on the IFT Web site at