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Flavor Chemistry Seminar to Be Presented by Chemistry Alumnus Licker

Dr. Jonathan Licker ’93, a research and development manager at Frito-Lay, Inc., will visit the Department of Chemistry on Friday, December 11, 2009, to present two seminars to faculty and students.

Dr. Licker will present one seminar to the CHEM 281 Food Chemistry class at 10:10 a.m. in Walsh 211 for students and invited guests. If you wish to attend this presentation, please contact Dr. Nate McElroy (nate@iup.edu).

A second presentation, open to the public, will be given at 1:25 p.m. in Weyandt 107, titled “Flavor Chemistry: A Food Industry Product Development View.”

About Jonathan Licker

Dr. Licker graduated from IUP with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1993, after which he earned a Master of Science (’98) and doctorate (’99) in oenology (the science of wine) from Cornell University. Dr. Licker has had a successful career as a food science product developer and now works with a team that develops the flavors and seasonings for some of the most popular Frito-Lay brands, including Lays, Doritos, Cheetos, and Fritos. His most recent teamwork was the development of Flat Earth veggie crisps and True North natural nut snacks.

Dr. Licker is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the American Chemical Society. In addition, he has played a major leadership role in creating and developing two important programs designed to attract students in the field of food science, obtaining significant funding from his business colleagues throughout the PepsiCo companies and the PepsiCo Foundation.

Dr. Licker and his wife, Susan, are both R&D managers at Frito-Lay global headquarters in Plano, Texas, and reside in McKinney, Texas, with their two sons.

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