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The Extension-Industry Service Award

Mindy Brashears

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AMSA announces that Dr. Mindy M. Brashears, Director of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence at Texas Tech University, is the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Extension-Industry Service Award.  The award was established in 1965 to recognize outstanding achievement in meat science extension and service to the industry and is sponsored by the Foundation for Meat & Poultry Research & Education. Dr. Brashears will be honored at an awards banquet during the AMSA 70th Reciprocal Meat Conference on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in College Station, Texas. 

A 16-year member of AMSA, Dr. Mindy Brashears has dedicated her career to promoting the safety and security of the world’s food supply, with an emphasis on meat safety. She was recently recognized as one of the top 25 Future Icons in the Beef Industry by the National Provisioner because of her innovative advances in food safety. At Texas Tech University, she has distinguished herself as a top tiered research scientist and is dedicated to industry education. She is recognized for creating and implementing a distinctively effective program designed to not only educate industry professionals, but also to truly prepare students for real-world work in the meat science field.

Outcomes from her work have been impressive. She holds 19 U.S. patents and patents pending directly related to food safety and solving industry problems. These patents have led to her being the co-founder of two food safety companies that are a spin-off of her research. She was recently inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Inventors.

In addition to her work in food safety, Dr. Brashears has helped develop international food safety programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is currently leading a large project in Honduras that is designed to re-establish the cattle and beef industries. Other accomplishments include Scientist of the Year award by the ARCS Foundation, the Maurice Weber Laboratorian Award from the International Association for Food Protection and the Big 12 Rising Star Award for Innovation.

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