Each year the AOCS Governing Board has the honor of approving long-term members for Emeritus status. Emeritus Members are those members who either meet qualiﬁcations for Retired Member and have completed 35 years of membership in the Society or are Retired Members who have served as a past President, won the AOCS Award of Merit winner or A.R. Baldwin Distinguished Service Award winner, and have been accepted as an Emeritus Member with the approval of two-thirds of the Governing Board.
AOCS membership dues are free for the rest of Emeritus members' lives.
In 2022, 23 AOCS members achieved Emeritus membership. We will be spotlighting many of them throughout January.
Meet Tom Crosby
Tom is a chemical engineer who received his degrees from Rutgers University. He has over 40 years of experience in process and product development in foods and pharmaceuticals. He has held senior leadership positions in the CPG area for Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo Frito-Lay as well as in the commodity oils area for Bunge.
He is an inventor or co-inventor on a number of food and pharmaceutical patents as well as authored a few book chapters and served on the editorial board for the 5th and 6th editions of Bailey's Industrial Oil and Fat Products. He is now semi-retired, consulting for Crossroads Innovations LLC.
How has your membership and involvement with AOCS influenced your career?
I have been an active AOCS member since 1983. During these 39 years, AOCS publications, books and journals, and methods of analysis enabled us to build a unique specialized library in the fields of oils, fats and related materials. This library had a significant impact on research and innovation at our institute and other faculties and research institutions in Sudan.
Personally, my AOCS membership gave me valuable access to continued education and to gain acquaintance of many distinguished scientists and researchers in the oils and fats industry.
What advice do you have for early-career scientists/researchers who are at the start of their careers?
Be sure to know what you want to achieve and always be part of a multidisciplinary team. Membership in AOCS and similar distinguished platforms of knowledge is your lifeline, so be sure to join and actively participate.
Always make the service of your community as one of your top priorities and keep a record of your achievements to monitor your progress.
Congratulations, Tom, and thank you for your contributions to AOCS and the scientific community! Learn more about the different types of AOCS membership.