CHICAGO – May 7, 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 with members spanning academia, government, and industry, is pleased to announce this year’s Achievement Awards winners as well as the 2024 Class of IFT Fellows. Being elected as an IFT Fellow and winning an IFT Achievement Award are widely considered among the highest honors awarded in the science of food community.

This year’s Achievement Award recipients are:

  • Martin Wiedmann, PhD (Cornell University): Achievements in Microbial Research for Food Safety in honor of Gerhard J. Haas Award honoring an individual who has demonstrated innovative research in microbial aspects of food safety assurance.
  • Rakesh K. Singh, PhD (University of Georgia): Distinguished Career Award in honor of Carl R. Fellers honoring an individual who has brought distinguished recognition to the science of food profession through a career of exemplary contributions.
  • Clint Stevenson, PhD (North Carolina State University): Excellence in Education Award in honor of William V. Cruess honoring an individual who has demonstrated excellence in teaching science of food disciplines.
  • Hyun Jin Park, PhD (Korea University): Food Packaging Award in honor of Don Riester, Rees Davis, and Aaron Body honoring an individual who has provided lifetime contributions in food packaging technology.
  • Randy W. Worobo, PhD (Cornell University): International Food Security Award in honor of Bor S. Luh honoring an individual or team whose research has made advancements in manufacturing cost-effective foods to meet the nutritional needs and food preferences of people living in emerging countries.
  • Harjinder Singh, PhD (Massey University): Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of Nicolas Appert honoring an individual who has demonstrated lifetime contributions to the science of food.
  • Matthew Moore, PhD (University of Massachusetts – Amherst): Outstanding Young Scientist Award in honor of Samuel Cate Prescott honoring an individual who has provided significant, early-career research contributions that advance the science of food.
  • Anwesha Sarkar, PhD (University of Leeds): Research & Development Award honoring an individual or team accomplishments in research and development.
  • Mehmood A. Khan, MD (Hevolution Foundation): Public Health Award in honor of Babcock-Hart & Gilbert A. Leveille honoring an individual who has provided scientific and technological contributions to improve public health through better nutrition and/or a more nutritious food supply.
  • Carmen I. Moraru, PhD (Cornell University): Collaborative Research Grant in honor of Marcel Loncin honoring and providing funding to a scientist or engineer conducting research that is applied to food processing or the improvement of food quality.

Meanwhile, here is the 2024 Class of IFT Fellows:

  • Hao Feng, PhD: Blue Cross Blue Shield Endowed Professor of Urban Food Systems and Food Bioprocess Engineering at North Carolina A&T State University
  • Phrosso Economidou Hadjilucas, PhD: Adjunct Lecturer in Food Science in the Department of Life Sciences at University of Nicosia
  • Mark A. Kantor, PhD: Nutrition Scientist at U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
  • Mary Ann Lila, PhD: Professor of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at North Carolina State University
  • Catherine (Chengchu) Liu, PhD: Tenured Seafood Technology Specialist/Extension Professor at University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program
  • Suresh Pillai, PhD: Professor at Texas A&M University
  • Shyam Sablani, PhD: Professor at Washington State University
  • Cordelia Selomulya, PhD: Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Engineering at University of New South Wales Sydney
  • Darryl Sullivan: Chief Science Officer at Eurofins Scientific
  • Vivian C.H. Wu: Research Leader at United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

“To be considered as an IFT Fellow or a winner of an IFT Achievement Award, nominees must demonstrate a history of notable contributions in the food and beverage sector – from professional leadership and volunteer service to helping promote and advance the science of food and its application. IFT is thrilled to be honoring these exemplary individuals and celebrate their commitment to improving the global food system through science and innovation,” said IFT CEO Christie Tarantino-Dean.

Learn more about the 2024 Achievement Award winners and the 2024 IFT Fellows.

This year’s IFT Fellows and Achievement Award winners will be celebrated at IFT FIRST: Annual Event and Expo, which is being held July 14-17, 2024, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The Fellows Recognition Forum will be from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 14. The Awards Ceremony and Reception will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. CDT on Sunday, July 14 at the IFT FIRST Theater. IFT FIRST (Food Improved by Research, Science, and Technology) includes the largest global food science and innovation expo and more than 100 scientific sessions and multi-disciplinary discussions focused on groundbreaking scientific research and solutions in novel technology and innovation, health and nutrition, sustainability and climate, food safety, and consumer insights and education.

To learn more about IFT FIRST, go to www.iftevent.org.

About Institute of Food Technologists

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a global organization of over 11,000 individual members from more than 100 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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