Central Valley IFT


Member Of The Year2016 NCIFT Member of the Year:
Carol Cooper

Congratulations to Carol on her selection as the 2016 NCIFT Member of the Year!

There are few individuals in the Northern California section who have had as much influence as Carol has on our local chapter and the local food industry. In the 1960’s, after a couple of years as a Packaging Technologist at Safeway, Carol returned to her alma mater UC Davis to serve as a Packaging Librarian for the Environmental Toxicology  and Food Science and Technology departments. 7 years later she transitioned to the role of Librarian for Food Science and Technology, and in 1993 she became the Academic Advisor for the department. In her years at Davis, Carol used her skill in recruiting and guiding food science students to grow both the department at Davis and the profession of Food Science.
Even on the busiest days at UC Davis, Carol always made time to help students discover IFT and get involved in the Food Tech Club, NCIFT, and local IFT sponsored events. She was always more than an advisor for the department, going the extra mile to advocate for student travel scholarships, coordinate NCIFT events at UC Davis, and even shuttle students to NCIFT meetings. As a model of dedication to the profession, Carol became an invaluable resource to UC Davis and the graduates of the Food Science. Graduates of Food Science contacted Carol with information about new jobs/internships at their companies, knowing that Carol would pass the information on to students and alumni of the department.

Even after her retirement from UC Davis in 2009, Carol has remained heavily involved in NCIFT. In 2011 she became Chair-Elect for our section and after serving as Chair and Past-Chair she accepted the role of the editor for NCIFT’s Hornblower. In 2012, Carol was recognized by IFT for her dedication to the food industry and commitment to NCIFT and IFT and awarded the title of IFT Fellow. When not volunteering for NCIFT, Carol and her husband Steve can be found finishing remodels on their house, "loafing around" watching old movies they never had time to see while working and raising a family, or traveling. Their travels tend to take them either on cruises or on road trips - especially to Texas to see the grandchildren!

NCIFT would like to take this opportunity to honor Carol again for her continued commitment to the food industry, and our section, with the award of NCIFT Member of the Year. Carol is truly deserving of this honor.

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