August 21/Des Moines, Iowa/Press Release -- Dr. Donald W. Schaffner assumed the presidency of the International Association for Food Protection at the conclusion of IAFP 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Schaffner is a Distinguished Professor in the Food Science Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Schaffner holds a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia.
Schaffner’s research interests include quantitative microbial risk assessment and predictive food microbiology. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and abstracts. Schaffner has been the recipient of more than $5 million in grants and contracts, largely in the form of competitive grants. He has educated thousands of Food Industry professionals through numerous short courses and workshops in the U.S. and more than a dozen countries around the world.
Schaffner has been committed to the goals of IAFP since joining the Association in 2001. He served on the Journal of Food Protection Editorial Board for three years (2010–2013) and was an active member of the Organizing Committee for the European Symposium on Food Safety (2007–2008) and for the IAFP 2013 Program Committee. Throughout his IAFP Membership, Schaffner has also served on numerous Professional Development Groups and several IAFP Selection Committees, including the Black Pearl, the Fellows and the Developing Scientists. He is a Member of the IAFP Affiliate, the New Jersey Association for Food Protection.
Schaffner received the prestigious Elmer Marth Educator Award in 2009 for his dedication and exceptional contributions to the profession of educator.