Mark Weber

Mark Weber

NCI Director
mark.f.weber@ndsu.edu

Responsibilities: Provide administrative leadership for Institute’s fiscal, personnel, and program efforts. Secure state and private funding. Lead public relations efforts with regional, national and international partners. Maintain contact with commodity groups, food processing industries, trade organizations, professional organizations, private sector representatives. Consult with NCC for Institute direction.

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Betsy Armour

Betsy Armour

Communications & Public Relations Manager
betsy.armour@ndsu.edu

Responsibilities: Manage communications and public relations activities to enhance the NCI’s mission of promoting northern-grown crops through its worldwide educational programming and technical support activities. Shape and maintain a consistent and highly professional image in the marketplace by producing quality communications and materials that enhance the NCI’s image as a world-class organization.

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Kim Koch, Ph.D.

Kim Koch, Ph.D.

Feed Production Center Manager
kim.koch@ndsu.edu

Responsibilities:
Directs the operation of the NCI Feed Production Center and oversees the production of livestock feeds used by North Dakota State University, North Dakota Experiment Stations and other land grant institutions in the four state region. Assists US Grains Council and the American Soybean Association with international outreach programming and technical assistance.

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Natsuki Fujiwara

Natsuki Fujiwara

Food Scientist
natsuki.fujiwara@ndsu.edu

ResponsibilitiesSpecial focus on wheat, soybean, and barley. Leads projects in quality analysis of northern grown crops and their processed products, and leads projects to develop new products and processes with northern grown crops to support market development activities including educational programming and technical service projects; and leads development of GMP, sanitation and HACCP programs for the NCI Laboratories, under the direction of the Technical Director.  

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Rilie Morgan

Rilie Morgan

Process Project Manager
rilie.morgan@ndsu.edu

Responsibilities:
Main duties include but are not limited to operating Wenger TX-52 Twin Screw Extruder, maintaining equipment vital to daily operation at NCI, and keeping inventory of all ingredients and equipment used at NCI.  Assists Technical Director when using small scale pilot Durum mill, and offers support when the Fitzpatrick Hammer Mill is utilized.

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Zhisheng (Zach) Liu, Ph.D., CFS

Zhisheng (Zach) Liu, Ph.D., CFS

Food Scientist
zhisheng.liu@ndsu.edu

Responsibilities:  Design and conduct pilot scale extrusion, soymilk and tofu processing for external clients; Lead food science-related product development projects by providing content, expertise, knowledge, skills and supervision as necessary in the areas of pasta processing, food extrusion, oilseed processing, and other food processing technologies as required; Serve as the NCI technical expert and consultant in soy foods/beverage and extrusion technologies

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