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K-State Today

May 20, 2024

Joseph Awika named department head of grain science and industry

Submitted by Jerry Grasso

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After an extensive national search, the K-State College of Agriculture has announced that Joseph Awika has accepted the position of department head of grain science and industry and director of the International Grains Program Institute. Awika, an internationally renowned food scientist also will serve as director of the Food Science Institute. Awika will start on Aug. 18.

"I am looking forward to working with Dr. Awika and supporting him to implement his forward-looking vision for the department," said Ernie Minton, Kansas State University's Eldon Gideon dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. "Joe is known internationally for his excellence in research and in the classroom. His experience will build upon and grow our world-renowned programs in grain and food sciences.

"I have no doubt he will carry forward the tradition of excellence for all three of these organizations and continue accelerating the momentum the university has as we begin building the Global Center for Grain and Food Innovation," Minton said. 

"I also want to thank Dr. Hulya Dogan for her leadership and dedication serving as interim department head during the past two years," Minton added. 

Awika joins K-State from Texas A&M University, where he has been the department head of that university's department of food science and technology. He earned his undergraduate degree at Egerton University, Kenya, and a doctoral degree in food science and technology from Texas A&M.