2019 Food Innovation and Engineering (FOODIE) Conference

December 8-10, 2019
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The Food Innovation & Engineering Conference (FOODIE), hosted by AIChE’s Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Division (Division 15), will offer a chance for people from multiple disciplines (including food engineers, neurobiologists, physiologists, members of supply chain, and more, as well as chefs, restauranteurs, and foodies alike) to network and share ideas to improve the food world. The FOODIE Conference will discuss emerging technologies for food production, analyze strategies to connect industry and cuisine, and navigate methods to fit the consumer market. This three day conference will bring together leaders in the field of food technology, science, and industry, where attendees will have ample opportunities to network and foster innovation.

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The FOODIE 2019 Conference will focus on the qualities and properties of finished food products, technology and methods for production and processing of food products, and innovative technology emerging topics within food industries. The FOODIE 2019 conference will also feature a RAPID Workshop.

The four major tracks this conference will highlight are:

  • Health & Food Safety
  • Food Architecture
  • Processing
  • Sustainability & Security

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Featured Speakers

Jonathan Deutsch

Jonathan Deutsch, Ph.D., CHE, is Professor in the Department of Food and Hospitality Management in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. He was the James Beard Foundation Impact Fellow, leading a national curriculum effort on food waste reduction for chefs and culinary educators and was named a Food Waste Warrior by Foodtank. Before moving to Drexel, Deutsch built the culinary arts program at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) and the Ph.D. concentration in food studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and School of Public Health. At...Read more

Markus Eckert

Dr. Eckert is a Food & Flavor Industry Executive with over 30 years of significant international experience.  Markus currently holds the position of Vice President of Flavor Creation & Technology at Takasago International Corp. in Rockleigh, NJ.

Prior to Takasago, he has held various managerial and executive positions with leading international flavor and fragrance corporations such as Dragoco, Bush Boake Allen, IFF Danisco, Mastertaste and Kerry.

Throughout his career, he has developed and successfully commercialized new flavors, taste modulation and...Read more

Joe Getz

Joe Getz founded Kurant Cider in 2012.  Prior to that he worked in the fermentation industry for 5 years at Keystone Homebrew while helping out at a few local breweries.  Before becoming a fermentation specialist he worked as a graphic designer.  Joe still does all the design and marketing work for Kurant Cider as well as being the head cidermaker and CEO.  ...Read more

David Glass

David J. Glass, Ph.D. is a consultant specializing in industrial biotechnology and renewable fuels regulatory affairs, with over 30 years experience with government regulation of the commercial uses of modified microorganisms and plants and other products of biotechnology.

Dr. Glass has provided strategic advice to numerous environmental and industrial biotechnology companies regarding compliance with the regulations of EPA, FDA and other agencies. Specifically, he has advised biofuel and bio-based chemical companies on the applicability of the EPA TSCA regulations to the use of...Read more

Helene Hopfer

Dr. Helene Hopfer, Rasmussen Career Development Professor and Assistant Professor of Food Science, holds a B.S. and M.S. in Polymer Science & Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Chemistry. She completed a postdoctoral stay at UC Davis where her research focused on factors affecting sensory and chemical properties of wines. She worked for the vegetable seed company HM.Clause to develop a sensory-assisted breeding pipeline, before she joined the Department of Food Science at Penn State in 2016.

Her research focuses on the human-food interface, and how food composition and food...Read more

WIlliam Singleton III

William A. Singleton III now serves as the Global Director of Breakthrough Packaging Development at Mars Wrigley Confectionery in Chicago, IL, where he directs and coordinates the actions of a Packaging Development team in relentless search of new materials and business model opportunities to future-proof how we might operate in the retail landscape tomorrow.  Specializing in innovation, new product development, and change management, William is known as a dynamic speaker and energetic leader.  He also spends his free time helping a wide range of small businesses and inventors in...Read more

George John

George John is recognized for his active research in the field of functional molecular materials from renewable resources and their potential utility in food materials/energy technologies and materials science. After receiving his Ph.D. from NIIST-CSIR (India) in Chemistry, he held research positions in the Netherlands, Japan, and the United States before joining the City College of New York (CCNY). Currently he is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CCNY. The research in John’s laboratory is highly interdisciplinary, and is focused on molecular design of synthetic lipids (...Read more

David Kaplan

David Kaplan holds an Endowed Chair, the Stern Family Professor of Engineering, at Tufts University. He is Professor & Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and also holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine, Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.Read more

Daniel Litwin

Daniel Litwin is the Director of Farm Relationships at Misfits Market. Daniel started his food journey working as the produce manager for a large supermarket in Brooklyn. It was there that he learned the ins and out of New York City’s produce industry while also beginning to notice its issues. Daniel’s many subsequent roles in the industry have included apprenticing for a local butcher shop in Chelsea, lead purchasing for three Jean-Georges restaurants, and working in farm relations and sourcing for a source-transparent local food distributor. Having seen more than his share of perfectly...Read more

Marat Mamedov

Marat Mamedov is a co-owner and founder of Boardroom Spirits distillery, headquarter in Lansdale, PA. A Drexel-graduate who grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs after emigrating to the US in 1991, Marat started his post-college career working at Deloitte Consulting. While enjoying a successful career at Deloitte, Marat decided to engage in an ambitious journey of opening a craft distillery with his wife and brother. The vision was to create the highest quality spirits, being transparent about our practices, using only real ingredients while running a sustainable operation. After a year and...Read more

Brendan Niemira

Dr. Brendan A. Niemira is the Research Leader of the Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Research Unit at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Eastern Regional Research Center in Wyndmoor, PA. He leads a team of 30+ scientists, engineers, technicians, postdocs and students in developing tools to kill human pathogens - E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Shigella, norovirus, etc. - on produce, meats, poultry, shellfish, and other foods.Read more

Norman Relkin

Dr Norman Relkin is a board--certified Neurologist and Neuroscientist who leads Brilliant Health LLC,  a Tucson-based start-up company that develops unique botanical extracts designed to improve human health. For more than two decades, Dr Relkin was a faculty member of the Weil Cornell Medical College in New York where he practiced Neurology and served as the Founding Director of the Cornell Memory Disorders Program.  He has authored over a hundred peer-reviewed articles on human dementia and related laboratory and brain imaging-related methodologies. He has also served as an...Read more

David Rosenthal

David Rosenthal, CMRP, PE is the owner of Reliability Strategy and Implementation Consultancy LLC aligning the needs of asset intensive industries with asset care solutions. He has over 38 years of manufacturing experience covering chemicals, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, food, beverage, paper, oil and gas industries. He has held numerous positions in operations, maintenance, and engineering with Rohm and Haas Company (chemical manufacturer), Jacobs Engineering Group and others. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and a Master’s Degree in Chemical...Read more

Elias Taye


•   Mechanical Engineer; M.S. & Ph. D in Machine and Mechanism Design for Light Industries

•   6 years in Hilti AG (Europe) – managing the R&D and Supply Group in Ukraine,

•   10 years GM/ Delphi (Detroit, MI)  –  Staff Researcher in Powertrain Mechatronics Group,

•   Currently 9 years with Mars Wrigley – as Principal Engineer of Equipment Technology and Sr Process Engineer of Global Machine Design Group. 

• Holds 23 patents on machine design and automotive...Read more