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May Dinner Meeting

DATE: May 16, 2018
Location: Mission Square Restaurant
13033 Penn Street, Suite 100
Whittier, CA 90602
Time: 4:30 p.m. - Executive Meeting
5:30 p.m. - Social Hour
6:30 p.m. - Dinner Hour
Speakers: Martin F. Sancho-Madriz, PhD

Topic: An Immigrant Food Scientist`s Dream and Journey


The SCIFTS Distinguished Achievement Award honors an individual who has provided continuing and meritorious service to the food science and technology industry, particularly in the southwest United States. The recipient does not have to be a member of IFT or SCIFTS; however, preference will be given to those nominees. The individual receives an honorarium and award at the yearly May meeting.

Dr. Martin Sancho-Madriz was originally drawn to Cal Poly Pomona in 1997 to create new opportunities for undergraduate students. Before 1999, a Food Science and Technology (FST) program did not exist despite the campus historic connection to the iconic Kellogg`s corn flake cereal empire. Sancho-Madriz built the FST program into more than a dream. He launched the journeys of hundreds of scientists and researchers while expanding the profession`s visibility over 2,000 miles away at the U.S. Senate level.

Martin Sancho-Madriz began his own food science dream as a 15-year-old foreign exchange student in Oregon. He travelled more than 4,000 miles to spend a three-month experience in the U.S. education system. Returning to pursue a degree in the U.S. would seem impossible for the Costa Rican native who knew it would be too costly for his family. Yet, empowered by his mother`s emphasis on values and education, he never gave up hope.

At the age of 23, he realized his educational dream. He traveled another 4,000 miles to Cornell University in upstate New York: this time he was leaving behind family and friends to start graduate studies in Food Science. His journeys have crisscrossed the U.S. as he pursued his dreams, becoming a U.S. Citizen and settling in Southern California.

His passion for the food science community leads him down many paths only possible with the unique bonds of kind people inside and outside the academic community. Join Dr. Sancho-Madriz in an evening of celebration and reflection for the journey he continues to travel as an immigrant food scientist.

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Dinner Meeting Prices:

  1. Member with Reservation: $40.00
  2. Emeritus Member with Reservation: $25.00
  3. Student Member with Reservation: $25.00
  4. Non-Member with Reservation: $50.00

*$5.00 Discount with Cash/Check Payment at Door


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