CHICAGO – April 5, 2021 - The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is pleased to announce the IFT Fellows Class of 2021. Each year, a select group of IFT members are recognized for their exemplary professionalism and contributions in the field of food science, and this year’s honorees include 11 individuals.

“Within our science of food community, there are a select few whose commitment and contributions to advancing our profession over the course of their career are truly exemplary,” said IFT President Noel Anderson, PhD. “Each year, we recognize members of our association—our peers—who embody that dedication and professionalism as IFT Fellows. It is my sincere privilege to share with you the 11 individuals in our IFT Fellows Class of 2021.”

IFT’s 2021 Fellows Class are:
William Aimutis, Phd
Executive Director of the North Carolina Food Innovation Lab
North Carolina State University

Ajay Bhaskar, Phd
Director R&D/Breakthrough Innovation/Foods Category and PepsiCo Fellow

Ellen Bradley, CFS
Founder and Principal Food Scientist
River City Food Group

Christina A. Mireles DeWitt, Phd
Director, Seafood Research and Education Center
Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology
Interim Director, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station
Oregon State University

Lisbeth Goddik, Phd
Professor and Department Head
Oregon State University

Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia, Phd
Professor and Presidential Fellow and Director of the Division of Nutritional Sciences
University of Illinois

Kevin Keener, Phd
University of Guelph

Monique Lacroix, Phd
Professor and Director
Res. Lab. in Sci. applied to Food, INRS-Armand-Frappier, Health & Biotechnology Centre, INRS, and Canadian Irradiation Centre

Lisa Mauer, Phd
Professor of Food Science
Purdue University

Hilary Thesmar, Phd

Chief Food & Product Safety Officer & Senior Vice President of Food Safety Programs
Food Marketing Institute

Kumar Venkitanarayanan, Phd
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
University of Connecticut

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