Membership - NCIFT

Membership

The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) is a vibrant community that has been shaping the discourse on food science and technology for more than 70 years. Individuals who are active in any aspect of the food profession and are interested in supporting IFT’s objectives are invited to join our organization.

Membership in IFT is handled by the National IFT office. Realizing that one size does not fit all, IFT has designed membership options to provide you with the resources, programs, services, and networking opportunities you need at different phases of your career. To explore even more about the value of membership and the various membership options, please click here.

Our Northern California section (NCIFT) has additional section dues that are added to price of membership during registration. These dues help our section put on local networking events, fund student scholarships, and help advance the science of food in Northern California. All members of NCIFT also receive copies of our quarterly Hornblower magazine.

Your IFT Membership dues are a solid investment in your career, both now and in the future. No other organization has IFT’s ability to advance the science of food or to advance the careers of professionals like you.

If you have additional questions about membership, please contact the NCIFT Membership Secretary directly.

Click here to join.

Click here to see past NCIFT Members of the Year.

2023 NCIFT AWARDS:


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Section Outstanding Volunteer Award:
Dr. Xi (Alex) Feng

Email:  xi.feng@sjsu.edu

Current Position in Section:  Director-at-Large

Alex has been volunteering with NCIFT through various capacities as he is always willing to step in where needed! His professionalism, excellent teamwork and behind the scenes effort in supporting student events as SJSU, identifying speakers for Suppliers' Night, volunteer judging the student poster competition at Suppliers' Night, and overall attending NCIFT events is exceptional and outstanding. Having him responsible for a task, means nothing will be amiss. He will do what is needed, when it needs to be done and reach out to whom he must reach out to make sure the work is completed, and all in a humble way. We would like to nominate him to be recognized as the outstanding section volunteer.


Section Service Award: Mr. Bruce Ferree
Email:  insightfoodsafety@gmail.com

Current Position in Section:  Suppliers' Night Chair

In addition to serving as Suppliers’ Night Chair for the past years, Bruce has been a longtime volunteer with NCIFT, even serving as President in 1999-2000. Bruce is present at most events as a participant or organizer, whether in person or online. He has been a great guide for all new volunteer leaders and members, constantly making connections and answering questions. We would like to thank Bruce for his years of dedication, hard work, and constant service.

 

PRESIDENT
Dr. Zhongli Pan
UC Davis

PRESIDENT-ELECT
Dr. Vivian Wu
USDA-ARS

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
Ms. Ellice Ogle
Tandem Food

SECRETARY
Dr. Gabriella John Swammy
SJSU

TREASURER
Dr. Nishtha Lukhmana
Premier Nutrition Company

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
Ms. Erin Evers
SPI Group

DIRECTORS-AT-LARGE

Dr. Xi (Alex) Feng
SJSU

Mr. John Frelka
Del Monte Foods, Inc

Ms. WanChin Lim
MycoWorks

Dr. Leigh Schmidt

Ms. Yanyao Yu
Thrive Foods

 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS
 
PROGRAM CHAIR
Ms. Ellice Ogle
Tandem Foods

NOMINATING & ELECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Mr. John Frelka
Innovative Products and Services

SUPPLIERS’ NIGHT EXPO CHAIR
Mr. Bruce Ferree
Insight Food Safety Consulting

GRANTS COMMITTEE CHAIR
Charlwit Kulchaiyawat
Foster Farms

NEW PROFESSIONALS GROUP CHAIR
Ms. Erin Evers
SPI Group

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE CHAIR
Ms. Clara Lang, Kinders

SCIENCE FAIR AWARDS CHAIR
Ms. Rachael Hung
Impossible Foods

SOCIAL MEDIA CHAIR
Dr. Apurva Bhave
Brightseed

EDUCATIONAL CHAIR
Dr. Ashwini Wagh
Clorox

GOLF TOURNAMENT LEAD CO-CHAIR
Daniel Andrews
Elite Spice Inc

GOLF TOURNAMENT CO-CHAIRS
Mr. Jaspreet Walia (Jas)
Certified Laboratories of Northern California

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

University Liaison
Dr. Vivian Wu
USDA

UC Davis:
Katie Routt
Undergrad Student - President

Carol Jian
Undergrad Student - President

Yu Wang
Grad Student

Natalia (Nati) Ribeiro
Grad Student

Ms. Stephanie Myers
Campus Contact

CSU San Jose:
Dr. Xi (Alex) Feng
Campus Contact

CSU Chico:
Dr. Maria Giovanni
Campus Contact

OTHER IMPORTANT CONTACTS

HORNBLOWER EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Ms. Jaime Lawrence
Flavor Insights

HORNBLOWER CO-EDITOR
Ms. Anissa Lee
INW Pro-Form Laboratories

JOB LISTINGS:
Ms. Imelda Vasquez
NCIFT Office at Marketing Designs

NCIFT OFFICE
Ms. Imelda Vasquez
NCIFT Office at Marketing Designs