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Edith A. Christensen Award for Outstanding Contributions in Analytical Methodology

2020 Awardee

Padmanaban Krishnan
South Dakota State University

Dr. Padu Krishnan is a Professor, Department of Dairy and Food Science, South Dakota State University.  His Ph.D. (Cereal Science) and M.S. (Nutrition & Food Science) Degrees are from North Dakota State University.  He teaches a wide range of courses in Food Science.

Dr. Krishnan directs the Cereal Quality Laboratory in the Innovation Campus. His work brings him in direct contact with the food industry and provides avenues for economic development activities that are beneficial to agriculture, the food processing and the local community.  His research projects are multifaceted, ranging from high-value end use of crops to development of novel instrumental analytical methods. He has engaged with national food companies such as MGP Ingredients, Quaker Oats Co., General Mills Inc., Grain Miller Inc., Schwan Food Co., and Nestle in research efforts. 

His research was featured in The Wall Street Journal, Ethanol Producer Magazine, Food Technology, and KSTP TV St. Paul/MN. 


In recognition of the central role that analytical methodology and approved methods have played in the history of Cereals & Grains Association and their future importance, the Edith A. Christensen Award for Outstanding Contributions in Analytical Methodology was created to recognize scientific contributions in analytical methodology, and service to the society through approved methods leadership. Awardees will have the option to present a lecture during an annual meeting of the Association at which the award is presented.


The recipient must have contributed to the development of new analytical technologies, and/or the application of new analytical technologies to cereal grains and products, and/or the application of existing analytical technologies to solving detection and measurement problems in the field of cereal science.

The recipient must have demonstrated involvement and leadership in approved methods activity within Cereals & Grains Association.

Membership in Cereals & Grains Association is required.

How to Nominate

Submit nominations using the online form found on the awards page. The nomination process is open from November-January 31.  

Nomination packets should also include the following:

  • Packet must include a letter of nomination detailing the nominee's accomplishments in analytical methodology and the approved methods process.
  • Two letters of support for the nominee must be submitted.   

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 Award Winners

2005 Edith A. Christensen 2020 Padmanaban Krishnan
2006 Philip C. Williams
2007 Charles Gaines
2008 Barry McCleary
2009 Jon DeVries
2010 John MacDonald
2011 Janette Gelroth
2012 Terry Nelsen
2013 Stephen Delwiche
2014 Elaine Sopiwnyk
2015 Nancy Ames
2016 Wayne Moore
2017 Paul Wehling
2018 Ray Shillito
2019 Kathryn Phillips