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May 20, 2021

Grain science and industry department hires Elisa Karkle as assistant professor

Submitted by Monica Macfarlane

Bringing a wealth of international industry experience and multiple years as an AIB instructor educating industry professionals, Elisa Karkle has been named the new assistant professor of bakery science and management in the grain science and industry department at K-State.

Karkle will teach undergraduate courses such as Baking Science II, Bakery Plant Layout, and be responsible for the development of new courses which will expand our bakery science curriculum and further the preparation of our students. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she also will also focus on recruiting new students to our bakery science programs and growing participation in the Bakery Science Club.

"Students ask questions all the time about the industry and professors with successful industry careers like Elisa are in a unique position to provide meaningful answers," said Gordon Smith, department head of grain science. "I am looking forward to having her make an immediate and significant impact on the program."

Karkle has been working with K-State for several years on projects for the International Grains Program. She has a Bachelor of Science in human nutrition, a Master of Science in food science and a doctorate in grain science from Kansas State University with an emphasis on "better for you" snack foods.

After graduation, Karkle has focused on improving the delivery of school-based nutrition and nutrition curriculum in Brazilian grade schools. Currently, she supports the bakery ingredient industry through the development of ingredients to improve the shelf life and nutritional impact of sourdough breads.

"I'm excited about serving the next generation of baking professionals and establishing research collaborations with industry," Karkle said. "The grain science and industry department is a great place to make a meaningful impact."