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Susan E. Duncan

Associate Director, Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Director, Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture
  • Professor, Food Science and Technology
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CALS Research
104-C Hutcheson Hall (0402)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Susan Duncan is associate director of the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. She coordinates the Hatch and Hatch Multistate research projects, as well as the McIntyre-Stennis and Animal Health and Disease projects. Her additional responsibilities include the administration of germplasm release, and shared oversight of the VAES Research and Extension Centers. She is a member of the Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors; serves on university and college committees; and participates in civil rights compliance. She also coordinates research, proposal and journal reviews, including those for Virginia State University.

Duncan received a bachelor of science in food technology from The Ohio State University, a master of science in human nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate degree in food science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She joined Virginia Tech in a tenure track position in the Department of Food Science and Technology immediately following her graduate training and continues as professor in that department. She is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Chemical Society, and the American Dairy Science Association, for which she has served as Board member and President.

Her areas of specific expertise include sensory response to foods, with a focus on the implications of quality changes affected by processing, storage and packaging. She also studies consumer affective and emotional response to foods, an area of expanding interest and research. Her research program features interdisciplinary research approaches. She lead an NSF IGERT Ph.D. graduate training program for eight years and currently serves as co-director and co-PI for the Water INTERface Integrated Graduate Education Program at Virginia Tech. She is the author, or co-author, of more than 100 reviewed publications and PI or co-PI on grants exceeding $12.3 million.