Eric Bastian Ph.D. Nutrition and Food Science Dairy West and the Western Dairy Center
Eric Bastian is the vice president of industry relations for Dairy West and serves as director for the Western Dairy Center. With the BUILD Dairy program, Bastian looks to continuing his commitment to do world-class research while training the next generation of dairy technologists/scientists.
Bastian led the Research and Development team at Glanbia Nutritionals for 18 years where he hired many WDC graduates. After experiencing the need for more dairy scientists in the industry he helped secure $2.3 million in funding by 2018 to help increase the number of USU student-researchers and research projects through the BUILD Dairy Program.
“I believe that the dairy industry will flourish as it embraces innovation in products, processes and packaging,” Bastian said. “Those innovations will depend on future leaders that we are developing in the BUILD Dairy Program which operates within the Western Dairy Center.”