The Wheat Marketing Center’s (WMC’s) Visiting Scholar program invites wheat-focused science professionals from key international markets to spend up to 12 months to gain technical training and develop increased understanding and innovation to increase utilization of U.S. wheat. These exchanges not only strengthen relationships and create networks with current and emerging technical leaders but also build foundations for better recognition of the comparative advantages of using U.S. wheat in existing and new product markets. Scholars have come from many key markets, including Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, China, and Korea. Since the program’s inception in 2001, WMC has hosted 25 visiting scholars from nine countries.
Each scholar conducts at least one independent research project, developed jointly by Dr. Jayne Bock, WMC Technical Director, and the scholar’s institution/company. Research results are made public, usually in the form of a technical journal article. In addition to their specific research projects, scholars provide staff support for many WMC technical short courses, facility tours, and crop quality analysis.
Visiting Scholars are recruited on an ongoing basis. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Jayne Bock at JBock@wmcinc.org for more information.
The current scholar is Ms. Yu-Ching Huang from the China Grains Products Research and Development Institute (CGPRDI) in Taiwan. She arrived in July for a one-year residency. CGPRDI was established over fifty years ago in cooperation with USW and is the leading baking training and research center in Taiwan. Ms. Huang is focusing her research efforts on whole wheat steamed bread, including comparisons across different U.S. wheat classes and whole wheat particle sizes. She is also assisting with other on-going WMC research projects and technical teams, including the product development course for Taiwanese millers and bakers.