First Kiwi recipient of international dairy award

Professor Harjinder Singh American Dairy Science Association past president, Karen Schmidt.

Massey University Distinguished Professor Harjinder Singh has become the first New Zealander to receive the 2018 American Dairy Science Association Distinguished Service Award.

The Riddet Institute director received the award on June 25 during a ceremony at the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA) annual meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee. The award recognises unusually outstanding and consistent contributions to the welfare of the dairy industry.

Professor Singh is a world-renowned food scientist, and a major figure in the development of dairy science research.

His contributions to dairy science in the United States have been previously recognised by ADSA through other prestigious awards: the International Dairy Foods Association Research Award in Dairy Foods in 2015; and the Marschall Rhodia International Dairy Science Award in 2001. In 2008, he was awarded the William Haines Dairy Science Award by the California Dairy Research Foundation.

Professor Singh’s research has had a major international impact, both in the dairy industry and academic community. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and has mentored over 60 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. He has also shown great skill as a leader, both in his role leading Riddet Institute, but also heading the School of Food and Nutrition, and the Massey Institute of Food Science and Technology from 2015-17.

Chair of the Riddet Board Dr Kevin Marshall says the award is a great honour.

“The board are delighted with the award and congratulate Professor’s Singh’s contributions to food and dairy science, which have received world-wide recognition. This award is a well-deserved further acknowledgement, but also a recognition of the world-renowned standing of the work of the Riddet Institute and its partners and collaborators.”