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Science and Our Food Supply Careers: Dr. Charles Sizer, Ph.D.

Careers in Food Science Main Page

"Good writing and communications skills are essential!"

Career Title:
Director, National Center for Food Safety and Technology
Summit-Argo, Illinois

Field of Expertise:
Food Processing

Academic Studies:
University of Nebraska
Kearney, Nebraska
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
Master of Science and Ph.D. in Food Science/Nutrition

Employment History:
Paper Delivery Boy
(while in 4th grade)

Research Scientist
Frito Lay
Dallas, Texas

Professor of Food Science
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa


"If I hadn't become a scientist, I would have become . . . a chemical engineer."


Q: What do you do in your current job?
I develop processes for assuring the safety of foods.
Q: What do you like most about your career?
I love working with people, and it's rewarding to know that my job allows me to provide the public with safe food.

Q: What other subjects besides science are important for this field of study?
English is so important. Scientists are constantly reporting what they do, so good writing and communications skills are essential!

Q: Have you been involved in any new scientific discoveries?
I've discovered 12 U.S. patents and more than 30 international patents. One of my college professors inspired the idea for one of my most popular patents. It's a design for a new type of reflector for a system that sterilizes shelf-stable milk cartons. It's exciting to walk down any supermarket aisle and see one of my patents.

Q: What advice would you give to students who are interested in pursuing a career in science?
I would say . . . follow your curiosity.



May 2001