Dr Andrew Proctor

Visiting Professor of Food Science

School of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Proctors first academic position was in 1986 at the Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Food Science and Technology, where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1992. He moved to the Department of Food Science at the University of Arkansas in 1993 as an Associate Professor in lipid chemistry.  He was promoted to full Professor in 2002 and University Professor in 2013. On his retirement in 2019 he was appointed University Professor Emeritus.  

He has taught lipid chemistry and US food law and conducted research in lipid chemistry and agricultural co-products utilization.  His later lipid chemistry research focused on increasing the nutritional value of vegetable oils by enhancing CLA oil levels by catalysis and he has 3 patents on this novel technology. He also developed technology for extraction of silicate and carbon from rice hull ash, which was commercialised by the rice industry.

He has over 120 peer reviewed publications and for 20 years served as either Associate Editor or Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of America Oil Chemists’ Society. In 2015 Proctor was the Fulbright- Austria Visiting Professor in Natural Sciences at the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Graz, Austria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

Proctor has been active in nurturing EU-US international programs by serving as US Director of two inter- disciplinary EU-US Atlantis Programs in ‘ biorenewables and green technology’  funded by the US Department of Education (2004-2009) (2008 -2013). He facilitated students exchanges and international shorts courses with colleagues at Austrian, Belgian, French and US universities, which continues after government funding. He also served as director of the College of Agriculture’s international programs at the University of Arkansas. 

Proctor hopes to assist with academic and international program development at the University of Suffolk.