AOCS celebrates ingenuity and collaboration by honoring those individuals and teams who have
taken the industry to the next level, who have advanced the quality and depth of the profession,
and who have leveraged their knowledge for the benefit of the society.
These individuals from around the world were recognized during the 108th AOCS Annual Meeting
and Industry Showcases held April 30–May 3. Award nominations for 2018 are due November 1,
2017. To learn more, visit aocs.org/awards.
A. R. BALDWIN DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Recognizes: An active or previously active member of the
Society making outstanding contributions and service to the
Society over a substantial period of time.
A quick look at his membership record
shows one reason why AOCS Fellow
STEVEN E. HILL, T. Marzetti’s, is the
recipient of the 2017 A. R. Baldwin
Distinguished Service Award. Actually, it
is difficult to engineer a quick look, given
the lengthy listing of his involvement
with AOCS through myriad committees
and service on various iterations of the
Dr. Hill joined AOCS in 1987 as a student and received
the Honored Student Award in 1991. He remembered those
early days in his acceptance speech as the 2014–2015 AOCS
President: “My first annual meeting was in 1989. I was 25 years
old [and] in my third year of graduate school. …As a student
member, I was welcomed into AOCS and the area of science
that I was studying; this experience at my first meeting was
repeated many times.”
Clearly, Dr. Hill’s initial experience has informed his
involvement in the Society. He has given unstintingly of his
time to mentor students, to organize and teach short courses,
to develop annual meeting programming, and to participate
in and organize Division events. Further, he provided lead-
ership for Sections and the AOCS Governing Board as well
as the AOCS Foundation. In addition, he has served on many
award committees, including as a Trustee of the Stephen S.
Chang Award, as well as on the Books & Special Publications
Committee, the Inform Editorial Advisory Committee, the
Membership Development Committee, the Audit Committee,
the Business Management Committee, and the Nominating
and Election Committee.
It is no exaggeration to say that AOCS owes its very existence to his work, with others, during the financial downturn
experienced by the Society in 2001. Dr. Hill was among the
Governing Board and staff members who developed a new
business model for the Society, which led to a budget surplus
and financial stability immediately following implementation
of the plan.
Dr. Hill’s decades-long investment of time, talent, and
energy in AOCS constitutes the very definition of the A.R.
Baldwin Distinguished Service Award. In words taken from a
letter of nomination, “Steven is not just a stalwart of the AOCS,
he is our ambassador and champion of the AOCS mission.”
Recognizes: Achievements in science or extraordinary service to
DILIP K. NAKHASI, Senior Director,
Research, Development and Innovation,
for Stratas Foods, LLC, has a distinguished
record of scientific achievement in industry as well as service to AOCS.
As a Director of Innovation for Bunge
North America, Inc., he and his team
developed and introduced PhytoBake.
This functional shortening received a 2010
IFT Innovation Award for its delivery of nutritional benefits
through the use of phytosterol esters. His team also developed and introduced Delta P/RB, which is a structured lipid
that employs medium-chain triglycerides to provide nutritional benefits to children with gastroenterological problems.
Yet another development led to Saturate Sparing Technology,
which created a shortening system using the nonlipid component to reduce saturated fat content.
Nakhasi has been named on 10 US and numerous international patents and has published in journals ranging from
Nutrition, Metabolism & Cardiovascular Diseases to the Journal
of Food Lipids.