Natick, Mass. (June 10, 2013) -- Dr. Christopher Doona, a Physical Chemist on the Molecular Sciences and Engineering Team (MSET) at the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC), received the 2013 Outstanding Service Award from the Non-thermal Processing Division (NPD) of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) this month.

Founded by a small group of visionary scientific leaders in 1939, the IFT now boasts over 17,000 members from almost every scientific discipline in more than 100 countries around the world.

The IFT recognizes the accomplishments of individuals and organizations toward the advancement of science and industry to help provide safe, affordable, and nutritious food around the world by honoring them through grants, fellowships, prizes, and awards.

The MSET team is a diverse group of scientists at the NSRDEC that are working on multi-disciplinary projects in scientific areas such as polymers, electro-spinning, chemical-biological decontamination, and foods.

To be recognized by such an elite, professional organization as the IFT attests to the global impact of the work being done at the NSRDEC.

The prestigious award honors one scientist each year who has exemplified stellar service to the field of non-thermal processing, is a leader in this field, and who has proved indispensible to the functioning of their organization.

"Recognition by my peers in the global scientific community is very flattering," said Doona. "It's a privilege to be an NSRDEC scientist contributing to improving the field quality of life for the warfighter through S & T (science and technology), while at the same time contributing to advancing the state of science. I'm very fortunate."

Doona will be recognized with an inscribed plaque and induction into the IFT's Hall of Honor at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Chicago in July. During the meeting, Doona will also be co-directing a two-day course titled, "Advances in Commercialization of Non-thermal Processing."