S. Suzanne Nielsen, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Food Science at Purdue University. She has been a faculty member at Purdue for the past 33 years, and served as department head of Food Science in 2003-2013. Prior to that role she had an active research program in the area of protein chemistry. Dr. Nielsen has taught numerous Food Science classes, and has edited four editions of a Food Analysis textbook. She chaired for four years the Food Chemicals Codex Committee when it was under the National Academy of Sciences. She has received teaching and achievement awards from the Institute of Food Technologists, and has received alumni awards from both of her alma maters, the University of Nebraska and the University of Minnesota. Dr. Nielsen serves as co-director of the International Food Technology Center housed in the Department of Food Science at Purdue, in part because of her previous work on USAID funded projects in Central America and Africa. She is currently deputy director of the USAID Food Processing Innovation Lab at Purdue, which is focused on reducing post-harvest losses. Dr. Nielsen also has a half-time role as a faculty fellow, special initiatives, in Purdue’s Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships. Dr. Nielsen received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.