Food Processing and Innovation Center
Associate Director, MSU Product Center and Director, Food Processing and Innovation Center
A.W. Farrall Agricultural Engineering
East Lansing, MI 48824 US
As a Food Processing Specialist for the MSU Product Center, Conklin works with facilities large and small on a variety of food processing needs. She provides assistance as a HACCP Team member and works with companies who want to obtain GFSI standards. Conklin also assists with equipment sourcing and facility design.
Prior to working for the Product Center, Conklin spent 25 years in the food industry. She spent time in operations management as well as Quality and Food Safety. Conklin has worked both as a Plant Manager and a Director of Technical Services. She has assisted with large-scale plant start-ups in the United States, Venezuela, Argentina, Australia and Malaysia. Conklin received her B.S. in Animal Science from Auburn University and holds a Masters in Management from Aquinas College.
While working in industry, Conklin applied for, and received on behalf of companies she worked for the prestigious DuPont Qualicon Food Quality Award, the Indy – Environmental Steward Award and the NSF Food Safety Leadership Award.