Ronald Harris, B.CH.E, M.Sc., MBA
Adjunct Professor, Lecturer
Food Science and Technology
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Primary Food Innovation Center Area: Foods for Health
Areas of Expertise: food product development, project management, R&D management, fats and oils products, operations management
The Food Center fills a huge void in food industry research. I am interested because of my long involvement with R&D in food processing companies, my role as an Adjunct Professor, and my management of family farms and ranches. Industry research is inadequate to meet the needs for reducing food pathogen problems, solving the world-wide problem of malnutrition in children, and foods that can reduce medical costs. Investment in industrial research is minimized because of its long-term and uncertain results. Line extensions fail to address world-wide food issues. The combined capabilities of several colleges and industrial supporters are important if we are to see global impact.