At the Food Product Innovation and Commercialization Center, we employ a proven team approach to projects utilizing expertise from food industry professionals and consultants. Faculty and professional affiliates possess internationally renowned expertise in a comprehensive array of food science, technology, and marketing disciplines including:

  • Value-added Processing
  • Consumer Attitudes
  • Consumer Preferences
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Quality Evaluation
  • Packaging
  • Food Marketing
  • Project Management
  • Postharvest Handling and Storage
  • Shelf-life Testing

FoodPIC Director; Process Engineering, Food Product and Process Development

James Gratzek
James Gratzek Director, FoodPIC
Food Product Innovation & Commercialization Center


Food Engineering and Drying Technologies

Kevin Mis Solval
Kevin Mis Solval Associate Professor
Food Science & Technology

Consumer and Sensory Science

Koushik Adhikari
Koushik Adhikari Professor
Food Science & Technology

Food Engineering, Process Validation, and Thermal Process Authority

Kaitlyn Casulli
Kaitlyn Casulli Assistant Professor
Food Science & Technology

Produce Safety, FSMA, and HACCP

Laurel Dunn
Laurel Dunn Assistant Professor and Extension Coordinator
Food Science & Technology


Alison Payton
Alison Payton Research Technician
Food Product Innovation & Commercialization Center