Robert Gravani, Ph.D. (Chairman)
Robert B. Gravani is a Professor of Food Science and Director of the National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program at Cornell University where he is actively engaged in Extension/Outreach, Teaching and Research activities. He received his B.S.degree in Food Science from Rutgers University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees also in Food Science from Cornell University.
Dr. Gravani works with all sectors of the food system and has developed innovative programs for constituents in production agriculture, food processing, food retailing, and food service, as well as for regulatory agencies and consumers. He has published many scientific and popular articles, and developed numerous education programs for constituents. He received the 2009 Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach.
He currently serves as Chair of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation Board of Trustees. The IFIC Foundation is a non-profit, educational organization designed to assist the media, educators, health professionals and scientists effectively communicate science-based information on health, nutrition and food safety to the public.
Dr. Gravani is Past President of the 18,000 member Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He is a Fellow of IFT, serves on the Executive Board, and chaired a number of IFT committees, Advisory Panels and the Extension/Outreach Division. He was the 2008 recipient of the IFT’s Carl R. Fellers Award. He received the Cornell Institute of Food Science Teaching Excellence Award in 1994 and 2007 and was the 1995 recipient of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) Educator Award. He is a past president of the association and an IAFP Fellow. He served seven years as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods and also served on the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee on Review of Scientific Criteria and Performance Standards for Safe Foods and chaired the NAS subcommittee on Seafood, Produce, and Dairy Products. He is an active member of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense at the University of Minnesota, where he serves on the Risk Communication team.