Dr. Marks Recognized as Purdue Outstanding Alumni

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Purdue University 2018 Outstanding ABE Alumni

Left to right: Brad Marks, Jack Lashenik, Yulin Lu, Darla Aker, Jeff Cannaday, S.T. Yang

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2018 Outstanding Alumnus - Bradley Marks, MS '92, PhD '93

Dr. Bradley P. Marks, P.E., professor and associate chairperson of biosystems and agricultural engineering at Michigan State University, earned his M.S.Ag.E. and Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from Purdue University in 1992 and 1993, working in the area of shelled corn storability, with Dr. Richard Stroshine as his major advisor.

After leaving Purdue, Dr. Marks spent six years as an assistant and associate professor at the University of Arkansas, prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State University (his undergraduate alma mater) in 1999.

Dr. Marks is a passionate teacher and educational leader, having developed seven new courses in his career. He has served as undergraduate program and ABET coordinator for over 15 years, during which undergraduate enrollment in the MSU biosystems engineering program has nearly tripled, and Dr. Marks received multiple teaching awards at the department, college, university, and national (ASABE) level. Most recently, he was awarded the MSU Beal Outstanding Faculty Award.

Dr. Marks leads an interdisciplinary research team in the area of microbial food safety, funded continuously by competitive federal grants, as principal investigator, for over 23 years, in addition to numerous industry-funded projects. He has served in a variety of leadership roles in food safety, including leading the MSU Food Safety Group, serving as a Food Fellow at MSU, chairing the program committee for the International Association for Food Protection, and serving in advisory capacities for the International Life Science Institute, the Almond Board of California, and the Food Protection and Defense Institute.

His current research focuses primarily on improving methods for validating pathogen reduction processes for low-moisture foods, which has yielded data and validation approaches currently in use in the industry. This work has very much brought Dr. Marks back to his research “roots,” using skills and knowledge he gained while working in grain storage during his graduate studies at Purdue.

Dr. Marks and his wife have twin daughters who currently are seniors in high school.