After five years of dedicated leadership, Dr. Dennis Heldman is stepping down as the managing director of the Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS). CAPPS is a National Science Foundation (NSF) founded Industry University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) that has fostered this consortium between the food industry and universities for over 30 years. These partnerships mutually benefit both parties and advance food processing and packaging research. During the past 5 years, CAPPS sponsored 35 research projects with industry partners.
Dr. Sheryl Barringer will step into the managing site director role beginning April 1, 2021. In her new role, Barringer will join co-site directors Drs. KP Sandeep (NCSU), Selina Wang and Nitin Nitin (UC Davis), focusing on expanding the membership and increasing the impact of the center on the food industry. Dr. Barringer joined The Ohio State University in 1994 and she has been Chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology since 2015.
This multi-university center includes North Carolina State University, University of California-Davis, and The Ohio State University. CAPPS uses an interdisciplinary approach to solve the industry’s needs for energy efficient processes and packaging, resulting in safe, high-quality food and beverage products. This center is designed to ensure research is applicable and relevant to the food industry by leveraging industry funds. In exchange for funding, industry members direct research at the sites and have access to university expertise and facilities.