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Date: May 7, 2009
Soldier RDEC scientist named Institute of Food Technologists Fellow
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
He also was instrumental in the formation of the IFT Nonthermal
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
The selection of Dunne into this prestigious position is indicative
of his superior and consistent contributions to the food science
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.