CHICAGO – June 18, 2024 – The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), a nonprofit scientific organization committed to advancing the science of food and its application across the global food system, is pleased to announce that Rakesh K. Singh, PhD, Professor at University of Georgia, has been awarded IFT’s Distinguished Career Award in honor of Carl R. Fellows, which honors an IFT member who has brought distinguished recognition to the science of food community through a career of exemplary contributions to academia, industry, or government.

To be nominated for this award, which is presented in partnership with Phi Tau Sigma, individuals must have been employed in the science of food community for at least 15 years.

Singh will be honored at the Awards Ceremony & Reception at IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo, which is being held July 14-17, 2024, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Singh joined the University of Georgia in 2001, where he serves as a Professor of Food Science & Technology. He previously served as the Department Head of Food Science and Technology until 2020. His research focuses on value-added processing using emerging technologies. Previously, he taught at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Singh has received many awards throughout his career, including IFT’s Elizabeth Fleming Stier Award, which honors an individual who has demonstrated the pursuit of humanitarian ideals, and the International Congress on Engineering and Food’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Singh received his undergraduate degree from G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand, India, and his master’s degree from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, before earning his PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of IFT’s South Eastern Section and resides in Athens, Georgia.

View the winners of the 2024 IFT Achievement Awards.

About Institute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of over 11,000 individual members from more than 90 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. IFT works to ensure that its members have the resources they need to learn, grow, and innovate to advance the science of food as the population and the world evolve. IFT believes that science and innovation is essential to ensuring a global food supply that is sustainable, safe, nutritious, and accessible to all. For more information, please visit ift.org.

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