SFS Advisory Board Members Honored at UI CALS Awards Banquet
April 28, 2015 MOSCOW, ID– Last night the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences held its annual Awards Banquet at the Bruce Pitman Center. The School was pleased to see honored two of our advisory board members, Steve Vernon and Craig Doan.
After earning a Bachelor’s in microbiology from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Food Science from Oregon State University, Steve began his career at General Mills in Minneapolis as a product development scientist. Since 1985, Steve has been with J.R. Simplot, now serving in the role of Vice President of quality and innovation.
Though he did not receive his degrees from the University of Idaho, Steve has been a long-standing supporter of the institution and the college. Notably, Steve was named as a charter member of the CALS Advisory Board and has served with dedication and distinction since its inception – when coupled with a distinguished career, his experience as a food scientist and a passion for collaborative research, this makes Steve as one fellow board member described him, an advisor extraordinaire.
Steve’s involvement on the advisory board and knowledge of the financial challenge CALS faced in recent years at the Parma Research Station, along with his awareness of the Simplot Company’s interest in expanding their research portfolio led to the multiyear agreement between UI and Simplot – forming a foundation of external support to keep the Parma Station functioning.
Steve’s support for the university expands beyond his role on the college advisory board and includes, but is certainly not limited to; serving on the Food Science External Advisory Board, recruiting students, facilitating internships and job hires, and also as a member of the Intermountain Institute of Food Technologists – encouraging students to network with professional food scientists from across the Northwest.
Steve was presented the 2015 Distinguished Associate Alumni Award – thank you for all that you do for the institution and the agriculture industry on a local, national and global scale.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Masters in Food Science in the late 90’s, Craig worked as a food microbiologist at the UI and continued his career in the food industry with HJ Heinz/ Ore-Ida. Craig has been with the company for the past 17 years in research and development, now as a senior manager. Craig’s colleagues say he is very innovative and passionate about his work at Heinz/Ore-Ida and it is obvious he shares that same passion when it comes to the University of Idaho and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Craig has given back to the students and faculty of the institution immensely – examples include but are not limited to; student recruitment, facilitating student internships and professional opportunities at Heinz/Ore-Ida, serving on the Food Science External Advisory Board, engaging with Food Science Clubs and classes, involving students in proceedings of the Intermountain Institute of Food Technologists and participating in numerous collaborative research projects between Heinz and researchers at the University of Idaho.
Craig was honored with the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. Thank you for all that you do for the institution and the School of Food Science.