Some SDSU news in the press release below.
Vikram Mistry has been named associate dean and director of academic programs for the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences at South Dakota State University. Mistry has served in this role on an interim basis since 2020, having previously led the Dairy and Food Science Department at SDSU.
“I am honored to serve as Vice-Dean and Director of Academic Programs at CAFES,” said Mistry. “Our college has a strong history of excellent contemporary academic programs that help students prepare a solid foundation for their professional careers.”
Throughout his career at SDSU, Mistry led the Department of Dairy and Food Sciences where he led the $9.5 million raising effort for the construction of the Davis Dairy Plant and the renovation of the Alfred Dairy Science Hall.
“I am very pleased to have Dr. Vikram Mistry serve as Associate Dean of Academic Programs at CAFES,” said Joseph Cassady, Dean of South Dakota, Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and the environment. “Dr. Mistry brings over 20 years of administrative experience to this critical role on the CAFES leadership team.
Prior to his career at SDSU, Mistry received his bachelor’s degree in dairy technology from Gujarat Agricultural University in Anand, India in 1979. He went on to obtain his master’s degree in food science in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Food Science in 1986 from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
In 16 years, he has increased dairy and food science scholarships by approximately 175%. Mistry has also worked with key state and industry leaders to facilitate the growth of the dairy industry in South Dakota.
“No one at CAFES has a stronger track record than Dr. Mistry in raising scholarship funds to support SDSU students,” Cassady said.
Mistry’s professional honors and awards include the Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award, Sigma Xi Research Award, SDSU FO Butler Research Award, American Dairy Science Association International Dairy Foods Association Research Award, ADSA’s Kraft Foods Teaching Award, Harold Bailey Award for Excellence in Department Leadership and Friend of the Dairy Industry Award. In addition, he was appointed Head of the Endowed Department of David A. Thompson and Professor for the Department of Dairy and Food Sciences at SDSU.
Mistry has also participated in other professional memberships, including membership in the American Dairy Science Association, Institute of Food Technologists, North Central Cheese Industries Association, Midwest Dairy Association, International Dairy Journal, the French Journal of Dairy Technology and the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center. .
“I look forward to working with our outstanding faculty and staff to further strengthen our programs that will help advance agricultural, food and environmental initiatives in South Dakota and beyond,” Mistry said. “We will continue to promote the excellent opportunities the College offers future students and invite them to make CAFES their choice to build their career path.