Martin Sancho-Madriz, Ph.D., began his tenure as the Associate Dean of the College of Environmental Design in Spring 2017. He came to the college with a broad knowledge of the University’s academic programs by virtue of the leadership positions he has held through service at the University level. He served in the Academic Senate continuously from 2004 to 2017, rising to the position of Chair of the Academic Senate from 2008 to 2010 and chaired the University-level Faculty Affairs Committee from 2012 to 2017. He currently serves on the University Strategic Planning Steering Committee and on the WASC Reaccreditation Steering Committee.
Before coming to ENV, Dr. Sancho-Madriz made his mark at the College of Agriculture, where he developed its Food Science and Technology Program, growing it from one faculty member and a handful of students in 1999 to a full-fledged program of eight tenure-track and lecturer faculty and approximately 200 students in 2017. He chaired the Human Nutrition and Food Science Department for seven years. Within the College of Agriculture, Dr. Sancho-Madriz was awarded the Mack H. Kennington Advisor of the Year Award in 2006 and the Teacher of the Year Award in 2007.
Dr. Sancho-Madriz earned his BS/Licentiate degree in Food Technology from the University of Costa Rica and his MS and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science and Technology with a concentration in Food Process Engineering from Cornell University. He previously held tenure-track faculty positions at University of Costa Rica and New Mexico State University. In 2002, he was awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowship sponsored by the Institute of Food Technologists. From 2013 to 2015, he was a Fellow of the Food Systems Leadership Institute, a two-year leadership development program of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities.