Tulbek Named Technical Director of Northern Crops Institute

July 1, 2008

Tulbek Named Technical Director of Northern Crops Institute

Fargo, N.D., USA –Mehmet Tulbek is the new Technical Director at Northern Crops Institute (NCI), announces Brian Sorenson, NCI Director.  Tulbek has served as NCI’s pulse and oilseed specialist since January 2006. 

Tulbek will provide leadership in technical services for processors and end users of crops grown in Minnesota, Montana, North and South Dakota.  He will also assist in developing educational short courses and provide technical assistance to food processing companies to expand utilization of regional crops.

“The Technical Director position is vital to the success of our efforts in promoting our regional crops through educational programming and technical services,” says Sorenson.  “Mehmet will be responsible for the technical aspects of our short courses and will oversee our crop utilization efforts and pilot-scale processing activities.  He has made significant contributions to regional agriculture, working to expand the use of pulse and oilseed crops in the domestic and international food markets, and will continue to provide leadership with those crops, as well as the other crops produced in our four-state region.  Mehmet has earned a great reputation as an expert in northern grown crops and I am eager to have him serve as our new Technical Director.”

 “I am very excited to be promoted as the NCI Technical Director,” says Tulbek. “In addition to our current pulse and oilseed market development programs, I am looking forward to working with wheat, corn, oat, barley grains and developing new short courses. NCI is such an important organization for the global agricultural education that I am very glad to be part of it.”

Tulbek's experience includes over ten years of research and process development experience in pulse, oilseed and wheat quality and processing. He has conducted research on characterization of fermented chickpea in dough and bread systems; evaluation of physical, chemical, microbiological and sensory properties of roasted flaxseed; evaluation of roasted North Dakota durum wheat quality; and evaluation of North Dakota dry pea quality.  He has also worked with the development and characterization of pre-cooked dry pea flour, navy and pinto bean snacks fortified with milled flaxseed; and the utilization of commercial Turkish wheat flours in Asian noodle making.

Tulbek earned his Ph.D. degree in cereal science at North Dakota State University.  He has a B.S. degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Ankara, Turkey, and an M.S. degree in food engineering from the Istanbul Technical University.  He is a member of the American Association of Cereal Chemists, American Oil Chemists' Society, and the Institute of Food Technologists.

Northern Crops Institute supports regional agriculture and value-added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern-grown crops.