UC Davis Alumni

with Carol Cooper
Jairus David graduated from UC Davis with a PhD in Microbiology/FoodScience in June 1985. Hedid his BS and MS degrees in India. He choose UC Davis because it was “the premiere institute for Food,Dairy and other related fi elds” and “most of the key references that we used in India were authored bypioneers from UC Davis.” He studied under Dr. Larry Merson and focused on thermal death time data forkilling of spores at ultra-high temperature regimes. He feels “very privileged to have studied under someincredible role models.

”Since graduation he has had extensive food industry experience with both family-owned companies andlarge corporations, including seven years hands-on QA manager fl oor experience at manufacturing plants,and thirteen years at corporate in leadership, matrix management, global and technical roles for consumerpackaged goods, aseptic dairy products, food service operations, and highly-regulated baby foods andinfant formula. Currently he is Director of Quality Process and Investment, Global Quality Assurance,Global Supply Chain, for Mead Johnson Nutritionals(a Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company) in Evansville, Indiana. He has also worked for Rich Products Corp.,Gerber Baby Foods, and Real Fresh Inc. (now Advanced Foods Corp.).

David has extensive publications and presentations on aseptic processing, sterilization kinetics, thermalprocessing, microbial food safety, quality assurance and food preservation. In 2006 he received theInstitute of Food Technologists Industrial Scientist Achievement Award. Also, Jairus has recently beennamed a 2008 IFT Fellow.He married his wife, Shelley, an “Iowa Hawkeye”, in 1991, and they have three children, – Adriana (12),Brennan (10) and Blake (8), and a dog named Gracie. Outside interests include their church, boy scouts,camping and basketball, cooking “spicy” foods, and in his spare time, playingmandolin and guitar.

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