Message from the Department Head

Kumar Mallikarjunan

Time flies (really) and a year has already gone by since I joined the U. Food Science and Nutrition faculty and staff accepted me with friendly Minnesota charm and made me feel welcome in the new environment. In my new role, I proposed many new ideas, and have been grateful to the faculty and staff for helping to promote the good ideas and being candid enough to disagree with the bad ones. It has been a learning experience, and I look forward to continued growth.

I have also had the privilege of getting to know some of our alumni. Their passion for the work that we do is inspiring. The department has a dedicated alumni advisory board willing to jump in and help with departmental activities. It is like a big family, and I am glad to be part of it.

Our department also has an ambitious strategic plan in place. I am pleased to see that the faculty and staff are committed to making it a reality. We are working on several fronts, from developing our “signature key areas” to starting a food & nutrition innovation institute. We are also working to formalize our mentoring efforts and further develop study abroad opportunities and funding for our students.

I want to thank Ray Miller for his work on formulating the new “Row the Boat” ice-cream flavor honoring football coach P.J. Fleck. This unique ice cream features combines fudge-coffee swirls and peanut butter-filled footballs in a vanilla bean base. “Row the Boat” has been quite a success, and demand for the new flavor is high. President Kaler is a fan; he asked us to make it available in the TCF Bank Stadium. Please stop by our Dairy & Meat store to grab your tub of this new flavor of ice cream and other great flavors. While you are at it, make sure to fill your shopping baskets with cheese and meat products.

Finally, Food Science and Nutrition is proud to welcome to invite Stephen Bowden, a new faculty member focusing in food safety and microbiology, starting this January. His lab and office will be in ABLMS; please plan get in touch with him and extend your welcome.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year. I look forward to many exciting accomplishments and activities in 2018.

Kumar Mallikarjunan