Purnendu C. Vasavada
Purnendu C. Vasavada, Ph.D.
Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada is a FDA- ORISE Fellow and the Coordinator of the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance, As a Professor Emeritus of Food Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls and Food Safety ad Microbiology Extension Specialist, Dr. Vasavada is recognized internationally for his teaching, applied research, innovative training programs and active consultations in Food Science and Technology, especially, Food Safety and Microbiology, Rapid methods and Automation in Food Microbiology and Food Quality Assurance.
As the Principal and managing member of the PCV & Associates, LLC, Dr. Vasavada provides consulting and assistance to the food industry in planning, development and management of special projects involving food safety and microbiology, food quality assurance, and is involved in developing and presenting seminars and conferences on contemporary topics of interest to food industry and consumers. Dr. Vasavada organized the annual UW River Falls Food Microbiology Conference: Current Concepts in Foodborne Pathogens and Rapid and Automated Methods in Food Microbiology for 30 years and has been an invited speaker and convener at international conferences, workshops and symposia dealing with Rapid Methods and Automation in Microbiology, Food Safety and Microbiology, Food Quality Assurance, HACCP and TQM and Food Science Education.
Dr. Vasavada is active in several scientific and professional organizations, including the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the Wisconsin Laboratory Association (WLA).
He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications including peer reviewed papers technical abstracts and book chapters. He has received the Joseph Mityas Laboratorian of the Year Award (1987) from WLA, the Educator award from the IAMFES (1997), the Sanitarian of the Year award from the WAMFS (1998), Honorary Life member of the Hungarian Society for Microbiology (2008), the UW Extension’s Program Innovation Award (2010), and the Harry Haverland Citation Award (IAFP) (2011). Dr. Vasavada is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (1990), the IFT (2009) and the IAFP (2010), the GMA Food Safety Award (2012) and the IAFP Honorary Life membership Award (2012).