ASTM International recently honored Jacqueline H. Beckley, chief innovation officer at The Understanding & Insight Group, with the David R. Peryam Award. Established by the ASTM International committee on sensory evaluation of materials and products (E18), the award recognizes outstanding professionals in the field of applied sensory science who best exemplify the life and career of David R. Peryam, the “father” of sensory evaluation and a major contributor to E18.
Beckley has served in her current position since 1999, having previously held positions at Nabisco Foods, Peryam & Kroll Research, Quaker Oats, and Amoco Corporation. She is the author of a variety of textbooks and book chapters related to product innovation, product design, and the value of deep conversation to understanding product and services creation.
An ASTM International member from 1975 through 1998, Beckley also received the Certificate of Appreciation in 1981 and the Award of Merit in 1988 from E18. In 2006, she was named a Fellow of IFT and was honored with the Sensory and Consumer Sciences Achievement Award in 2018. Among her other industry awards, she was recognized with the Award of Distinction from the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, University of California, Davis, in 2015.
Beckley holds memberships in IFT, the European Society for Opinion and Market Research, American Marketing Association, Society of Sensory Professionals, and Product Development Management Association. She earned a bachelor’s degree in food science from UC, Davis, a master’s degree in business administration from Dominican University, and a registered dietitian certification through Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital.
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