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Outstanding Alumni Awards

Dennis D. Miller Ph.D. ’78

Dennis MillerAs a professor in the Department of Food Science, Dennis Miller’s research on iron is dedicated to improving the nutritional status of people around the globe. His programs explore the relationships between nutrition, food science, and agriculture. For Miller, the greatest challenge to humankind in the 21st century is providing a sustainable, nutritionally balanced, and safe food supply for every one on earth, while also considering the future needs of an expanding world population. An exemplary scientist, teacher, and administrator, Miller is recognized for his collaborative efforts and global perspective.

Miller currently serves as chair of the Department of Food Science at Cornell, holds a joint appointment in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, and is a member of the graduate fields of Food Science and Technology and Nutrition. He teaches courses in food chemistry, nutrition, and sustainability. His specific research interests are iron fortification of foods, iron bioavailability from diets, and the regulation of iron absorption in the intestine. He has previously served as chair of the Department of Food Science from 1996 to 2002 and as director of graduate studies for the graduate field of Food Science and Technology from 1986 to 1992. He represented his department as a senator in both the CALS and the University Faculty Senates from 2002-2009 and he was chair of the CALS Faculty Senate from 2006-2008. Miller served as a member of the University Faculty Committee from 2007-2010.

He is the recipient of the Cornell Institute of Food Science Advisory Council Teaching Excellence Award and the Council’s Leadership Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists, and in 2008, he received the Babcock-Hart Award sponsored by ILSI North America and the Institute of Food Technologists. Also in 2008, he received the Outstanding Service to the CALS Community Award and in 2009, Miller was chosen by CALS students to receive the Professor of Merit Award for outstanding teaching and advising.

He earned a Ph.D. in nutrition from Cornell, an M.S. in biochemistry from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in chemistry from Augsburg College in Minnesota.

Miller and his wife, Christine Olson, live in Ithaca, New York, and have two grown daughters, Emily and Erica.