Former Under Secretary, US Department of Agriculture, USA
Joseph Jen was born in Chong Qing, China and lived in United States since 1962. He has a BS from National Taiwan University, a MS from Washington State University, a PhD from University of California and a MBA from Southern Illinois University. He was a professor at Clemson University, Michigan State University, and worked at Campbell Soup Company. He was the Division Chairman of Food Science and Technology at University of Georgia, and the Dean of College of Agriculture at California Polytechnic State University. In 2001, he was nominated by US President George Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was the highest ranked federal officer in U.S. history that was born in mainland China. He retired in September, 2009 and is now the North America and Asia Pacific Editor of Food Control, the international journal of HACCP and food safety.
Dr. Jen has many scientific publications and hundreds of presentations and is a well respected educator and administrator. He has received many awards and honors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists and a Fellow of the International Union of Food Science and Technology. He was the founder of the Chinese American Food Society in 1975. He is the honorary professor of several Chinese Universities. He is currently the co-chair of the Food Safety Committee of the International Union of Food Science and Technology and the Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bor S. Luh Food Safety Research Center of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.