FSHN goes to Chicago for IFT

FSHN goes to Chicago for IFT

Aug 15
Marla Todd, Associate Director of Advancement Communications

Students, faculty and staff from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) recently attended the annual Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) Annual Meeting at McCormick Place in Downtown Chicago. The IFT is the largest non-profit professional organization for the advancement of food science and technology in the world. At IFT’s Annual Meeting, top professionals come together during IFT’s Annual meeting to breakdown insights into the latest scientific developments, the newest innovations and the hottest trends.

Many students who attended shared their Technical Research Paper abstract at IFT’s Scientific Program Poster Session. Students were able to share research they had conducted in the department with business professionals and industry leaders; a truly unique and exciting opportunity. Students also had the chance to network with Illini FSHN Alumni at the Illinois Reception, which was attended by over 150 alumni, students and faculty. The students’ involvement was made possible by Kellogg’s.

As exciting as the Institute of Food Technologists Meeting was FSHN students, we were also able to bring students from the College of ACES Research Apprenticeship Program to the Food Expo floor, where they met with and learned about prominent food industry companies and the latest advancements in the field. The IFT Food Expo is the industry’s largest collection of food ingredients, equipment, processing and packaging suppliers under one roof, with hundreds of businesses sharing their advances in food science and human nutrition.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition had a great presence at the IFT Annual Meeting. I am thankful for all of the students who represented us well, and for the faculty and staff who put so much time and effort into making it a successful event.