2016 Edward & Mary Mather Outstanding Food Safety Student Award

Yaw Dako
The Edward & Mary Mather Outstanding Food Safety Student Award (Mather Award) went to Yaw Dako, graduate of the MSFS program, August 2016. 
The Mather Award recognizes students that have excelled in the design and implementation of an applied food safety project, a component of the requirements of the Master of Science in Food Safety degree.  
Yaw's strong interest in food safety and international development resulted in him earning the award with his project titled: The effects of Aflatoxins on human health in developing countries: A review of exposure, health impact and intervention strategies.
Yaw earned a BASc in Food Science and Technology and a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada.  He was previously the Director of Technical Services (QA and R&D) at Country Pure Foods in Akron, OH and recently joined D4 Consulting, a consulting firm with a focus on food safety and quality assurance assistance to companies in West Africa as a Senior Consultant. Yaw currently resides in Fayetteville, Georgia with his wife and two children.

The food safety applied projects (for each calendar year) are reviewed by a panel of faculty judges for originality, quality, and application to a solution for a food safety problem.  The awardees receive a plaque and cash award. The award is made possible through the support of Dr. Ed and Mrs. Mary Mather. Dr. Ed Mather was the founding Director of the Master of Science in Food Safety program.