Theodore P. Labuza

theodore labuza

Title: Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Teaching, Researcher
Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

Theodore P. Labuza, Researcher and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Professor of Teaching at the University of Minnesota, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of food science.

When he was young, Dr. Labuza would visit his father at the nuclear power plants where he worked and became quite interested in nuclear physics and engineering. Receiving a recommendation letter from the manager of the power plant, he attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1962 and a PhD in 1965. Currently, Dr. Labuza works as a Morse-alumni distinguished teaching professor of food science & engineering at the University of Minnesota, and previously, he found success as an associate dean of the graduate school and as an associate professor at the university. From 1965 to 1971, when he started at the university, he progressed from the role of an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to the rank of associate professor.

As a consultant in the food industry and an expert witness in the field, Dr. Labuza is the author and co-author of more than 289 scientific research articles, 18 textbooks, 78 book chapters, eight patents, and more than 100 other semi-technical articles. His titles include, “Open Dating of Foods,” “Moisture Sorption: Practical Aspects of Isotherm Measurement and Use,” “Essentials of Functional Foods,” and “Food Science and Nutritional Health: An Introduction,” among other credits. Outside of his immediate professional responsibilities, Dr. Labuza is an active member of the International Association of Food Protection, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the International Union of Food Science and Technology, among other organizations. In recognition of his outstanding accomplishments, he has received a number of awards, including the IFT Gilbert Leveille Lecturer Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award, the IFT Reister Davis Award, and the IFT Marcel Loncin Research Prize, among other accolades.

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