NOVA features Natick food technologist’s ‘secret life’

 

Tom Yang, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center food technologist, stands in the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate lab, holding a piece of osmotic meat. He will be featured on NOVA's 'Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," because of his karaoke hobby. (U.S. Army photo by David Kamm)

Tom Yang, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center food technologist, stands in the Department of Defense Combat Feeding Directorate lab, holding a piece of osmotic meat. He will be featured on NOVA’s ‘Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers,” because of his karaoke hobby. (U.S. Army photo by David Kamm)

NATICK, Mass. — As he described his work and personal life, Tom Yang asked, “So, am I a nerd?”

You decide.

Yang has been a food technologist at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center for 26 years. He came to the U.S. from Taiwan 36 years ago, where he had earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Fu-Jen Catholic University. Yang went to graduate school at Mississippi State University and earned a master’s degree in food science before going to the University of Illinois for his Ph.D. He then taught at the University of Maine for a few years.

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