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John D. Floros Chosen as Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

John D. Floros, Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science, at Pennsylvania State University, was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2009 for his contributions to the field of Food Engineering and Packaging and for being an advocate for IFT and the food science profession.

John D. Floros, Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science, at Pennsylvania State University, was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2009 for his contributions to the field of Food Engineering and Packaging and for being an advocate for IFT and the food science profession.

Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and a Professional Member at the time of nomination. The 15-year member requirement may be waived by the Fellows Jury for those nominees who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States.

Floros’ research has broadened the understanding of several complex physiochemical and biochemical phenomena that occur during food processing and packaging and affect product safety, quality, and shelf life.

As IFT President (2007–08) and through his numerous volunteer activities in IFT Sections, Divisions, and Task Forces, Floros has helped to advance IFT’s mission and its goals. As head of Food Science at Penn State University, Floros increased the number of enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, increased the number of outreach and distance education programs, and secured funding for and completed the construction of a new food science building.

IFT has conferred the Fellow designation on a select number of Professional Members every year since 1970. A complete list of Fellows can be found on the IFT Web site at: http://www.ift.org/cms/?pid=1000287.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jeannie Houchins, M.A., R.D., Institute of Food Technologists, 312-604-0231