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Date: May 7, 2009
No: 09-11

Natick Soldier RDEC scientist named Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

On March 5, Dr. C. Patrick Dunne, senior research scientist in nutritional biochemistry and advanced food processing, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, was notified of his selection as a 2009 Institute of Food Technologies Fellow.  (Courtesy photo)

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NATICK, Mass. --   On March 5, Dr. C. Patrick Dunne, senior research scientist in nutritional biochemistry and advanced food processing, Combat Feeding Directorate, U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), was notified of his selection as a 2009 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) fellow.

According to the IFT, "Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field."

Election requires professional membership to the IFT for a minimum of 15 years and contributions to food science and technology areas such as "research achievements, as evidenced by publications, patents, and presentations. Industry achievements, such as research management, innovation product and/or process development, inventions and patents, and innovations in safety and quality systems," along with other influential achievements.

Dunne was chosen based on his innovative work in non-thermal processing of foods and his promotion of national and international collaboration with regard to food safety and security.  Among the multitude of achievements that helped Dunne achieve this goal was the recent significant Food and Drug Administration acceptance of the first filing on Pressure Assisted Thermal Sterilization. Dunne championed this novel food processing work from inception to completion. 

He also was instrumental in the formation of the IFT Nonthermal Processing Division.

In addition, IFT acknowledged Dunne's work for the U.S. Army. He has "created combat ration options that have high levels of functional efficacy, have proven nutrient effectiveness, and meet food safety standards."

The selection of Dunne into this prestigious position is indicative of his superior and consistent contributions to the food science community.

Dunne has been working at the NSRDEC since 1979.  

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from the University of California at Riverside and doctor of philosophy degree in biochemistry from Brandeis University.  Previous awards he received include a Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer and the IFT Myron Solberg Award.

Dunne is a resident of Framingham, Mass. 


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