Leading NZ food scientist elected a Fellow of US Institute of Food Technologists

The Riddet Institute’s co-director, Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh, has been elected a Fellow of the United States Institute of Food Technologists.

The institute is the largest union of food scientists in the world. Since 1939, it has been unlocking the potential of the food science community by creating a global forum where members from more than 95 countries can share, learn, and transform scientific knowledge into innovative solutions throughout the food system for the benefit of people around the world.

The institute focuses on food security, food safety, sustainability and food education.

Professor Singh says it is an honour to have been elected a fellow.

“It is a further demonstration of the international profile and impact of food science and technology research and education programmes of the Riddet Institute and Massey University.”

Singh is also the Head of the School of Food and Nutrition at Massey University’s College of Health.

He received his PhD from University College Cork, Ireland and has been with Massey University since 1989. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand and received numerous awards including the Marschall Rhodia International Dairy Science Award (USA), William C. Haines Dairy Science Award (USA), JC Andrews Award, and Shorland Medal (New Zealand). In 2012, he was co-recipient of the prestigious Prime Minister’s Science Prize.

He says Fellows are expected to take a leadership role within IFT and participate in think-tanks and task forces. He will travel to Chicago in July to accept the honour.

The Riddet Institute, a Government-funded Centre of Research Excellence, is a partnership between Massey University (as host institution), the University of Otago, the University of Auckland, AgResearch and Plant & Food Research. It aims to strengthen connections between the food industry and research partners to enhance New Zealand’s reputation for excellence in food and sciences.

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