NCI names new Director of Technical and Business Development

Farm Forum

Fargo, N.D. – David H. Hahn, Ph.D., has been named Director of Technical and Business Development at Northern Crops Institute (NCI). Hahn has over 30 years of experience in research, manufacturing, product development and technical support at several American food companies.

NCI Director Mark Weber says, “I am delighted to announce the hiring of Dr. Hahn as NCI’s Director of Technical and Business Development. His long experience in the private sector will provide invaluable expertise to our programs. He will also be able to provide excellent mentoring to our team of food and cereal scientists, while working closely with the NDSU faculty and scientists.”

Hahn’s professional experience centers on bakery, pasta, tortillas, mixes, confectionery, sauces, milk beverages and pudding products. He has been instrumental in introducing many new food products, including Nature’s Own Brand 100% Whole Grain Bread and Sandwich Rounds, Healthy Harvest Pasta, and Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta. While leading teams in the new product development process, he has provided technical support for manufacturing, trouble shooting, process optimization, cost reduction, and ingredient development/optimization.

“I am excited to join the NCI as Director of Technical and Business Development,” says Hahn. “I was a member of the NCI pasta course faculty for 10 years, and I experienced how committed NCI is in developing and improving their training programs. I have always enjoyed the hospitality and work ethic of the NCI employees, and I believe NCI has many opportunities to expand product development, service and training to support all the crops grown in the northern region.”

Hahn began his career with Hershey Foods Corporation where he worked in product development from 1984 to 1994. He was a Senior Staff Scientist from 1994 to 1999 for the Pasta & Grocery Group of Hershey Foods. In 1999, New World Pasta Company purchased Hershey Pasta Group, and Hahn became Director of Research and Technical Service for New World Pasta until 2008. He served as Vice President of R&D Product Innovation for Flower’s Foods, where he was responsible for their new product program from June 2008 to January 2011. Most recently, Hahn has worked as a consultant for Doherty Food Advisory, Thomasville, Ga.

Hahn is currently President of the American Association of Cereal Chemists. He is also an active member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and American Society of Baking. Hahn earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science from A&M University, College Station, Texas.

He will begin his duties at NCI on March 6, 2013.