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Welcome to the Food Science Institute

A Note from Dean Floros, College of Agriculture

Following Dr. Curtis Kastner's retirement, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Ken Odde, Department Head of Animal Sciences and Industry, has agreed to serve as the Acting Director of the Food Science Institute during the next few weeks of transition. Dr. Odde will remain in the acting position until a search is successfully completed and an Interim or Permanent Director has been identified.

Thank you for all your efforts in Food Science at K-State.

Kind regards,

John D. Floros
Dean, College of Agriculture

Welcome to the Food Science Institute Website. The Food Science Institute (FSI) was established in 2001 to integrate the expertise in food science across K-State. FSI facilitates the undergraduate, graduate, and online education programs and provides both research and technical assistance for the food industries. Approximately, 57 nationally and internationally recognized faculty from five colleges and 11 departments serve as teachers, mentors, researchers, and extension specialists in the following areas: food chemistry, food microbiology, food safety, veterinary medicine, cereal science, dairy science, meat science, food service, sensory analysis, food engineering, human nutrition, and product development. We look forward to assisting you in the area of food science.

What's New?

Grain Science Seminar

Date: Tuesday, August 30th, 9:30-10:30am
Venue: Waters Hall 09
Speakers: Dr. John Mathew, Principal Scientist, Pepsico
General topic: Snack Food Product Development in Industry Settings

The departments of Grain Science & Industry and Food, Nutrition, Dietetics & Health are joint sponsors of this special seminar presentation. Dr. John Mathew (Principal Scientist, PepsiCo Global R&D) has led the special partnership between K-State and PepsiCo in research, teaching and student recruitment over the last several years. He is a KState alumnus (Ph.D. in Grain Science in 1996 with focus on Cereal Chemistry) and and also an adjunct faculty in the Dept. of Grain Science & Industry. He is reputed for his vast experience in product development across various platforms including Lay's Stax, Tostitos Chunky Salsa, Whole Grain Doritos and more recently Mac 'n Cheetos. He has numerous patents (14 approved and 7 pending) to his credit. He is also very active in professional organizations such as AACC International. He was awarded the 2011 Grain Science Outstanding Service Award for his contribution to the department and university.


Dr. Curtis Kastner Retires

After 41 years of service and leadership, Dr. Curtis Kastner, Director of the Food Science Institute, has retired. A dinner and celebration is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 6pm!

The cost is $10/person; see below to register.

We request your contribution to the program (whether you can attend or not) in the following ways (please reply by August 29, 2016):

  1. Notes & letters: Send handwritten or typed notes of gratitude (and memories!) to:
    Elsa Toburen
    Food Science Institute
    1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
    216 Call Hall
    Manhattan, KS 66506
    etoburen@ksu.edu; 785-532-4057
    We will include your contributions in a book for Curtis.
  2. Video clips & pictures: For the tech-savvy users out there, contact Sarah Reasoner (sreason@ksu.edu; 785-532-1316) who can assist in file transfer of 20-30 second video clips of best-wishes, memories, and gratitude. Pictures are welcome! We will present a compilation of the clips and photos during the retirement program.
  3. Donations to honor Curtis: In lieu of a gift, we welcome donations to the "Curtis Kastner Student Enrichment Fund in Food Science". This fund will be used to support K-State Food Science students' participation in a variety of educational activities. Please send checks (payable to the "KSU Foundation") to:
    Elsa Toburen
    Food Science Institute
    1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
    216 Call Hall
    Manhattan, KS 66506

To RSVP: You can RSVP, by August 29, online at http://evite.me/B7FVsX1wwK, by e-mail at etoburen@ksu.edu, or call Elsa at 785-532-4057.

Dinner Checks: Please send your dinner check to Dave Nichols; dinner checks ($10/person) should be made out to "Dave Nichols" and mailed to:

Dave Nichols - Curtis' Retirement Dinner
Kansas State University
Dept. of Animal Sciences and Industry
1424 Claflin Road
133 Weber Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

We hope you can join us to thank Dr. Kastner for his leadership, service and commitment to Kansas State University, the Food Science Institute and the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

There's an App for That!

Keep on top of Food Science Institute and Animal Science and Industry news and events with the new App! The app is available on Google Play and Apple stores. Features include:

  • Stay up-to-date with educational programs and events
  • Receive exclusive alerts prior to and during events
  • Download resources including schedules, bios, FAQs
  • Access maps and directions to facilities, hotel headquarters and more
  • Submit event photos


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The Food Science Institute facilitates training of traditional and nontraditional undergraduate and graduate students; supports basic and applied research initiatives; and provides technical and scientific information to consumers, the food industry, and governmental agencies .


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