Monday, January 23, 2023

Make a difference in the AOCS community

Volunteer with AOCS

AOCS Divisions, Sections, and Common Interest Groups are looking for volunteers to fill leadership team positions! These groups are at the forefront of all members activities. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to connect with new colleagues and develop your professional profile.

Leadership team members help develop networking events and interest area-focused activities and content like Midweek Mixers, AOCS Webinars , and AOCS Annual Meeting programming.

Sign up for a volunteer role by February 24, 2023.

Open Leadership Team Positions

Leadership team members are voted upon by the respective AOCS community, with Division elections occurring in March of every year. Division positions are 1-year terms with a maximum of three consecutive 1-year terms. AOCS membership and Division, Section, and/or CIG membership is required.

Questions? Email William Stanton, Manager, Member Communities and Engagement. We can help you find a role that's right for you.

  • Chairperson/President
    • Leads meetings and suggests when meetings should be held
    • Attends other meetings of the Society as a representative of the group
    • Works with other members of the leadership team to determine the priorities of the group
    • Identifies volunteers to coordinate programs, including awards, webinars and mentoring programs
    • Writes a chair message for 2 newsletters per year
    • Identifies future topics and ideas for AOCS to consider
  • Vice-Chairperson/Vice-President
    • Divisions only: AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo Technical Program Committee Chair for the Division
      • Develop session topics, titles and description
      • Identifies and secures session chairs
      • Works closely with the Division leadership team to execute the technical program for the annual meeting
    • Sections and CIGs
      • Attends meetings and actively participates in support of the good of the group
      • Leads programs or activities, as delegated by the chair
  • Secretary-Treasurer/Secretary
    • Takes the minutes and/or action items from any meeting of the leadership team and provides them to AOCS
    • Reviews the financial activity, if requested by AOCS staff, to ensure the financial health of the group
    • Coordinates any networking or social event held during the AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo

Sign up today to contribute your voice to the AOCS community.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

AOCS Corporate Member Spotlight: Terviva Inc.

Terviva Inc.

Terviva Inc., an AOCS Silver Corporate Member, is a food and agriculture innovation company partnering with farmers to grow pongamia, a climate-resilient tree, which produces abundant protein- and oil-rich legumes.

In this spotlight, Dilip Nakhasi, VP, Innovation Edible Oils, provides an overview of Terviva, its products, and how they differentiate themselves from other companies.

What type of products or services does your company provide?

Terviva produces and manufacturers vegetable oil (Ponova Oil) and plant protein (Ponova Protein) from the beans of the pongamia tree.

We address nutrition, taste, and functionality challenges in plant-based foods. We bridge consumer demand to food that regenerates communities and the planet.

What differentiates your company from companies in the same space?

Dilip Nakhasi, VP of Innovation Edible Oils at Terviva Inc.
Dilip Nakhasi, VP of Innovation Edible Oils at Terviva Inc.

We differentiate ourselves by nurturing people and planet by:

  1. Carbon storage, soil health, and water use and quality
  2. Zero deforestation land use policy
  3. Agroforestry and pollinators
  4. Village-level influencer program and farmer livelihoods

What are some recent innovations your company is most proud of?

Terviva is proud to bring Edible Pongamia Oil and protein innovation to the food industry. Pongamia is a regenerative super power that can nurture the planet and enhance our food system.

What do you think will be the biggest challenges for your company next year?

Increasing our production capacity to meet market demand.

Why is Corporate Membership important to your organization?

Being associated with the premium scientific society in the edible oil industry increases our visibility to academics, industry, and government agencies.

Learn more about AOCS Corporate Membership.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Thank you, AOCS members, who helped us grow during the second quarter of 2022!

We recognize the following AOCS members who recruited new Active (individual) Members and Students Members during April, May, and June of 2022. We appreciate your time and dedication to our community!

AOCS picnic basket

The AOCS Refer-a-Friend program rewards AOCS members with a US $20 gift card for every member they recruit. Members can also choose to donate the reward to the AOCS Foundation. Also, for each new referral, members are entered to win a deluxe AOCS picnic basket.

Recruiters of Active Members

  • William L. Boatright
  • Thomas Burns
  • Drake Cornell
  • Fabiola Dionisi
  • Ryan Drazenovic
  • Leon Pablo Espinosa
  • Keith Genco
  • Jocelyn Goodwin
  • William Blake Hendrix
  • Julia Khandurina
  • Peggy Lai
  • Ling Li
  • Chris Lirette
  • Serpil Metin
  • Jason Rivest
  • Jose Trujillo
  • Gopalan Venkatesh

Recruiters of Student Members

  • Ana Forgiarini
  • Kacie Ho
  • Bishnu Karki
  • Kangming Ma
  • Solmaz Tabtabaei
  • Julia Seilert
  • Roberta Claro Silva (2 new student members)

Friday, July 1, 2022

AOCS Corporate Member Spotlight: Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd.

Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd, an AOCS Bronze Corporate Member, provides process engineering solutions to the oils and fats industry across the globe.

In this spotlight, Biju George Palayil, CEO, discusses the launch of their OM Innovation Centre at their Mumbai headquarters as well as the biggest challenges he sees ahead for this year.

What type of products or services does your company provide?

Kumar is an EPCC (engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning) company. We undertake turnkey projects and supply equipment and machinery to the oils and fats industry and its allied sectors. Our specialties include:

  • edible or non-edible vegetable oil extraction
  • pre-treatment with edible or inedible vegetable oils or fats
  • edible or non-edible vegetable oil or fat refining
  • modification of oils and fats
  • value-added or specialty products
  • biodiesel
  • oleo chemicals
  • value addition from by-products or waste product recovery

We supply batch, semi-continuous and continuous plants, manually operated or fully automated with PLC/DCS controlled with remote monitoring for any capacity for commercial or pilot facilities, including storage, utilities, and packaging for finished products.

Through our technology associations, we offer:

  • Crown Technologies for preparatory, solvent extraction, and refining processes
  • Arisdyne CFC (controlled flow cavitation) technology for oil refining and biodiesel processes
  • CPM Feed Mills for cattle, poultry, and aqua feed
  • Anderson International USA designed Dox Extruders and Solvex Expanders

What differentiates your company from other companies in the same space?

Every customer wants a technology partner who can solve their manufacturing challenges through realistic solutions, not theoretical wishful thinking. At our core, we are problem solvers. Customers ask us to solve their processing challenges because they can rely on us to offer the best solution for their context. Everyone — from our chairman to workers on the shop floor — strives to always solve problems for our customers.

The Kumar guarantee includes:

  • oilseed processing plants and machinery that are robustly engineered, versatile, and operationally profitable
  • custom solutions that are designed to solve customer challenges
  • consistent customer experience with in-time support responses. Our support teams are available 24/7/365.
  • Our sales, technical, and support teams use their industry knowledge to recommend the best solution from our portfolio
  • a seamless, uncomplicated purchasing, after-sales, and support process
Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd. factory
Kumar Metal Industries Pvt. Ltd. factory.

What are some recent innovations your company is most proud of?

We have made a significant investment in our future with the launch of the OM Innovation Centre at our Mumbai HQ. This technology insight, advancement, and collaboration hub catapults us into the global technology innovator space. Our team of engineers focuses on emerging technologies and tests various hypotheses, ensuring our customers achieve oil and meal quality exceeding their expectations. The Innovation Centre also includes a fully functional and highly instrumented pilot plant with preparation, extraction, and refining equipment, allowing customers to simulate plant-processing operations to scale within a controlled environment.

We've also made significant investments to help our customers transition from waste to profit by providing value-added solutions and technologies like biodiesels, oleo chemicals, and feed.

What do you think will be the biggest challenges for your company next year?

We stay ahead of the innovation curve so our customers can leverage cost efficiencies that retain maximum edible protein and simultaneously protect human health. Unpredictable issues such as COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine, which cause significant disruption in the supply chain of volatile input materials, are the next challenge to be addressed in the coming years.

Why is corporate membership important to your organization?

To get access to the latest industry news and information, to gain networking opportunities with other members and industry mates, to connect with current and potential customers, and to take advantage of special discounts and offers.

Learn more about AOCS Corporate Membership.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Nominations and applications are open for 2023 AOCS Awards!

AOCS Awards celebrate the individuals that make outstanding contributions to science, technology, industry, our Society and the world.

Your nominations and applications bring a spotlight on exciting research and remarkable innovation and recognize leadership and service at all levels. With your support, the AOCS Awards Program can continue to contribute to our supportive community and celebrate the diversity and breadth of interests in the AOCS family.

How to nominate

  1. Read the full award descriptions and eligibility requirements on the AOCS Awards page.
  2. Log in to the AOCS Awards Submission Portal using your AOCS credentials to submit a nomination or application. Need help logging in? Contact Karen Kesler at karen.kesler@aocs.org or +1 217-693-4813.
  3. Email Lucas Censi at awards@aocs.org if you have any questions.

Deadlines for nominations and applications

Need help?

Download the AOCS Awards Submission Portal Guide (.pdf) for a step-by-step guide that walks you through the application process.

Watch a “Nominator Information Session” recording to see live demos and tutorials of the Awards Portal, including how to create your profile, upload materials and complete your application.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Thank you, AOCS members, who helped us grow during March 2022!

We recognize the following AOCS members who recruited new Active (individual) Members and Students Members during March 2022. We appreciate your time and dedication to our community! AOCS members can view the list of new members in the AOCS Premium Content Library.

Many of these new members will be attending the 2022 AOCS Annual Meeting & Expo on May 1–4 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and online. We look forward to welcoming all of our new members in Atlanta for engaging technical sessions and fun networking events!

AOCS picnic basket

The AOCS Refer-a-Friend program rewards AOCS members with a US $20 gift card for every member they recruit. Members can also choose to donate the reward to the AOCS Foundation. Also, for each new referral, members are entered to win a deluxe AOCS picnic basket.

Congratulations to Fernanda Dias for winning the picnic basket for the first quarter! You can read a short interview with her about why she's a member and encouraged a student to join AOCS.

Recruiters of Active Members

  • Mark Bollinger
  • Juliana Caixeta Guimaraes
  • Pete C. Cartwright
  • Gina M Clapper, MS
  • Stephen B. Del Cardayre
  • Fabiola Dionisi
  • Ian Duncan
  • Leon Pablo Espinosa (4 members)
  • Dr. Lei Fang (2 members)
  • Douglas G. Hayes
  • Blake Hendrix (4 members)
  • Andrew J. Kaziska
  • Zachary Martin
  • Mr. Jose Vicente Pinzon Robayo (2 members)
  • Steven J. Robbins
  • Kathleen Stanton
  • Gabriella Wright-Nagel
  • Xuebing Xu

Recruiters of Student Members

  • Douglas M. Bibus
  • Fernanda Dias
  • Lisa Stephanie Dizon
  • Zheng Guo
  • David F. Hildebrand
  • Charlotte M. Jacobsen
  • Randy Maglinao
  • Melissa Perez
  • Prasanth Kumar Punathil Kannan
  • Ariana Saffold
  • Abigail Sommer
  • Filip Van Bockstaele
  • Robert E. Ward
  • Haizhou Wu

Monday, April 25, 2022

Congratulations to Fernanda Dias for winning the Member Refer-a-Friend drawing!

The AOCS Refer-a-Friend rewards program rewards AOCS members with a US $20 gift card for every member they recruit. For each new referral, AOCS members are entered to win a deluxe AOCS picnic basket.

Congratulations to Fernanda Dias for winning the the picnic basket for the first quarter of 2022! In the interview below, Fernanda shared how AOCS has helped her in her career and why she decided to encourage Jasmin, a second-year graduate student, to join AOCS.

Fernanda Dias

Why did you think AOCS would be a good fit for your colleague?

AOCS is a great opportunity for Jasmin, a second-year graduate student, to connect with researchers and innovators from industry, academia, and government laboratories around the world. Since collaboration is a critical aspect of research, AOCS provides an invaluable opportunity to foster lifetime academic connections.

What have you gained from being a member of AOCS?

AOCS helps me to disseminate my research on lipids and proteins chemistry and helps me to keep up with current research on fats, lipids, proteins, and related materials. Moreover, this society helps me to interact and/or strengthen my relationship with brilliant professionals through meetings, specialized interest groups, and other networking opportunities.

How is AOCS different from other scientific societies?

AOCS is a unique society that helps its members to build a strong scientific community with the top minds and leaders from each field.

Thank you, Fernanda, for your support of AOCS. If you are an AOCS member, you can view the list of new members for March 2022 in the AOCS Premium Content Library. Don't forget to say "hi!"