The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has honored Jeff Sindelar, associate professor of animal sciences and Extension meat specialist, with the 2017 Harry L. Rudnick Educator’s Award. The award recognizes his role as an educator of future industry leaders and his commitment to education, training and certification for the Wisconsin meat processing industry.
Sindelar’s research focuses on the quality and sensory characteristics of processed meats, non-meat ingredient functionality in meat products, and intervention strategies to control pathogenic bacteria in meat products. In his extension role, he provides assistance to meat processors and coordinates workshops and training programs. He developed the Master Meat Crafter Training Program, a first-of-its-kind program that provides participants with access to new ideas, information and technology to help their family meat businesses achieve long term sustainability. His extension and research programs are well recognized at the state, regional, national and international levels.