Daubert named department head

Dr. Christopher Daubert has been named head of North Carolina State University’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences.

Daubert, who had been serving as interim head of the department, has been an N.C. State faculty member since 1997, when he joined what was then the Department of Food Science after serving a post-doctoral appointment in the department.

The new department head holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a dual Ph.D. degree in Food Science and Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University. He has twice been recognized by the Food Science Club as an outstanding instructor, while he was named to the N.C. State Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 2005.

A leading food rheologist, Daubert directs the Food Rheology Laboratory in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences. He is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Rheology, and has held leadership positions with the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). In 2003-04 he served as chair of IFT’s Food Engineering Division, the largest division in the institute at the time. He also served in 2004 as chair of the NC136 regional project, a collaborative research partnership among food engineers.

Daubert also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Food Process Engineering and the prestigious Annual Reviews for Food Science & Technology and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Texture Studies, a leading food rheology journal. He is a co-author of a textbook titled Bioprocessing Pipelines: Rheology and Analysis and is a past president of the N.C. State chapter of Sigma Xi, a research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.

Daubert also served previously as associate director of the N.C. State Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center, or BTEC, an initiative designed to provide biomanufacturing and bioprocessing education and training and expand the North Carolina biomanfacturing industry.

Written by: Dave Caldwell, 919.513.3127 or dave_caldwell@ncsu.edu

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