The Nicolas Appert Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a science of food professional.
Each year, one outstanding professional is awarded the Nicolas Appert Award for their preeminence in and contributions to the field of food technology. The recipient is a dedicated member of the science of food community and has made significant contributions to and impact on the profession.
All of this can most certainly be said of the 2018 winner: Dr. Dennis Heldman, PhD.
A professor of food science and technology at Ohio State University, Dennis has dedicated his esteemed career to applying engineering principles to processes for the delivery of safe and high-quality foods to consumers. He is the author or co-author of four textbooks and editor or co-editor of three handbooks or encyclopedias. Dennis is also a past president of IFT, has been elected fellow of three professional societies, and has been the recipient of numerous national and international awards.
Take a closer look at Dennis’ career and some of the people he’s had an impact on over the years in this video, which debuted at IFT18:
Dennis is an inspiration to anyone making a career in the science of food, and we are honored to be able to call him an IFT past president, a Nicolas Appert Award winner and most importantly, an IFT member.
IFT’s Achievement Awards recognize individuals and teams for their remarkable contributions in research, applications, and service in the food science and technology industry. Know someone you think should be nominated? Be sure to visit IFT's Achievement Awards web page to learn more about the nominations process.