Janelle Clark Boosi was awarded the Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award.
Ms. Boosi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biosystems Engineering in May 2007. She is currently employed by Kellogg Company as the Morning Foods Business Unit Manager in their Research and Development Pilot Plant in Battle Creek, MI. Prior to her current role, Janelle spent time as a Process Engineer in the Morning Foods Division, an Associate and Assistant Food Technologist in the Core Technology & Cost Optimization group (focusing on the Snacks platform) and a 6-month intern with the Snacks R&D Core Maintenance team.
Janelle manages eight Process Leaders who organize and execute testing in the pilot plant. On a daily basis, she is working with her team, contracted personnel, and customers (developers, food technologists, and engineers) to ensure R&D testing is completed successfully and in a timely fashion. Another integral part of her role is the development of the individuals reporting to her, for whom she focuses on knowledge management, training, and career development.
At Kellogg, Janelle has spent the last 5 years on the team organizing the company’s involvement in the Annual Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference. As a number of positions were added to the Engineering team in 2011, she also spent a large portion of the year leading a team to develop a new on-boarding program.
Outside of Kellogg, Janelle stays involved with multiple causes including a leadership role within the Great Lakes Section of the Institute of Food Technologists, Vice President of the South-Central MI Chapter of SWE, outreach activities with local groups, including Girl Scout troops and Habitat for Humanity and the Western Michigan University SWE Student Chapter.
In addition to her outstanding professional success and service, Janelle is an extraordinary ambassador for the BAE department, as she often can been seen at MSU speaking to BE classes, student clubs, and Engineering Expos about internships, life after college, her personal career path, and Kellogg’s in general. Her enthusiasm is contagious and definitely has had a positive impact on hundreds of students in recent years.
If Janelle wasn’t busy enough, she and her husband are expecting their first child in early May. Congratulations to Janelle, our 2012 Biosystems Engineering Outstanding Alumni Award winner.