John C. Bruhn is Director of the Dairy Research and Information Center, a program that helps facilitate the conduct of dairy production and dairy foods research and education within the University of California, Davis. The program also allows those external to the campus to seek research and educational resources from the university. Dr. Bruhn is also a Dairy Foods Processing Specialist with Cooperative Extension in the Department of Food Science and Technology. As a Cooperative Extension Specialist, he has the responsibility of developing applied research and educational programs for the California dairy foods processing industry.
Born and reared in Ohio, he attended Michigan State University, receiving a B.S. in food science in 1962. His Ph.D. is in dairy bacteriology-biochemistry from UC Davis. His research and educational programs for the dairy industry have emphasized factors relating to the quality and safety of raw milk and of processed milk and dairy foods.
Dr. Bruhn is an active member of many California dairy and food organizations, including the California Dairy Industries Association, the California Association of Dairy and Milk Sanitarians (CADMS), the California Creamery Operators Association, and the Northern California Section of the Institute of Food Technologists. Nationally, he is an active member with the Institute of Food Technologists, the American Dairy Science Association, and the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians.
Some recognitions of his problem-solving research and educational programs for the dairy foods industry include: Educator's Award and Citation Award (1999), from the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians; Sanitarian Award, from the California Association of Dairy and Milk Sanitarians, Outstanding Alumnus Award from Michigan State University, the Extension Award from American Dairy Science Association and Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologist. In the year 2000, he was elected Fellow of the International Association for Food Protection (formerly IAMFES).