Mary Ellen Camire is among the first food scientists nationwide — and the first at UMaine — to be certified by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). More than 1,400 food scientists nationwide were in the inaugural class of Certified Food Scientists, a certification program created by IFT that recognizes the applied scientific knowledge and skills of food scientists. The certification examination covers product development, quality assurance and control, food chemistry and analysis, regulatory, food microbiology, food safety, food engineering, sensory evaluation and consumer testing. Camire and the other newly certified food scientists will be recognized this week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists. IFT has nearly 18,000 members worldwide working in academic, government agencies and the food industry. Camire will become president-elect of that organization Sept. 1.