More about the Scientific Leadership Council

The Scientific Leadership Council is guided by academic advisors, government liaisons, and at-large representatives of contributing companies. The Council plays an important role in defining scientific programming, evaluating emerging science proposals, and reviewing applications for internships and fellowships.

The Scientific Leadership Council leads the effort in organizing the Annual Meeting science program by identifying topic areas for approval by the Board of Trustees. The Council also serves to identify, coordinate and prioritize emerging science topics.  The selected emerging science topics may be addressed in a variety of ways, including a scientific session at the Annual meeting, a workshop or session at another organization’s science meeting, or by supporting the formation of a new committee or working group. Additionally, the Scientific Leadership Council reviews applications for select internship or fellowship opportunities.

Through the collaboration enabled, the Scientific Leadership Council provides the organization with key insights to respond with agility to food safety and nutritional sciences changes across the food and beverage ecosystem.

Committee Members

Hongda Chen, USDA NIFA - Co-Chair
Jessica Campbell, General Mills - Co-Chair

Cindy Davis, USDA ARS
Charles Czuprynksi, University of Wisconsin
Mario Ferruzzi, UAMS
Alexandria Hast, Campbells Soup
Steven Hermansky, US FDA
David Kitts, University of British Columbia
Kristi Reimers, Conagra Brands
Corey Scott, Cargill
Vincent Sewalt, IFF
Katarina Smiljanec, ADM
Kelly Swanson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Carmen Tekwe, Indiana University
Casey Vanous, Herbalife
Felicia Wu, Michigan State
William Yan, Health Canada (Retired)
Jing Zhao, Ingredion Incorporated