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IMEF Presents Three Scholarship Program For Professionals Awards

Date Posted: May 7, 2014

Lenexa, Kansas—Steve Carpenter, Ryan Legge and Md Abu Zahid were selected as the recipients of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF) Scholarship Program for Professionals.

The scholarships will provide tuition for Legge and Zahid to take the IAOM Correspondence Course in Flour Milling over the course of the next two years, and for Carpenter to enroll in a resident milling course.

All three recipients noted that by completing their respective courses, they hope to complement their existing knowledge and expertise.

Steve has been with Pendleton Flour Mills in Blackfoot, Idaho, for 15 years, working his way up from an entry-level position to one of four shift millers.

As an active member of IAOM since 2005, Steve has strengthened his knowledge of flour milling through attendance at district meetings, service on the district executive committee, and study of the IAOM correspondence course.

Ryan earned a doctorate in food science and technology and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.

At ConAgra Mills, Ryan is responsible for food quality and safety.

Ryan hopes to acquire the technical milling knowledge to augment his food science background to find innovative solutions to address food safety and quality issues in milling.

Md Abu has a master’s degree in industrial and production engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He is described as a quick learner and eager to enhance his knowledge of the flour milling industry.

He has been responsible for the completion of several engineering projects for the facility, and he is always working with the contractors to determine the best design for the particular application.

The IMEF Scholarship program was established in 2008 to support the education of undergraduates in the sciences of grain milling.

In 2012, the program was expanded to include training opportunities for professionals already working in the industry.

IMEF is the philanthropic partner of IAOM.

IMEF solicits, manages and distributes funds for educational programs related to the grain milling industry.

Established in 2003, the Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the grain milling industry through educational programs, professional development efforts and research projects.

Priorities include:

 • Create an professional designation program,

 • Develop multimedia online educational courses,

 • Create a “Career Kit" and industry recruitment materials,

 • Provide IAOM Conference travel grants for professional management speakers,

 • Provide assistance for educational material translations, and

 • Collaborate on a milling economics short course.

For more information, call 913-338-3377.

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