Name: Wayne Ellefson
Job title: Senior Client Manager
Company: Covance Laboratories
Highest Level of Education/Degree: BS, Chemistry
What does your schedule look like today? Had a technical discussion with a client to resolve a problem with an HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) test. Discussed a nitrite/nitrate problem in a product with another client and advised a course of action. Helped another client resolve an infant formula problem. I worked on a product authenticity issue with another client. Helped a client with a regulatory problem in China. Worked with another client on a chemical contaminant issue. Designed a stability study for an infant formula company. Helped resolve a science issue for new lab we are opening in another country. Designed a method validation study for a new dietary fiber method for a client.
How did you go about finding your job? In 1971, I walked down the street from the University of Wisconsin campus to the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) and asked for a job!
If you weren’t a Food Scientist, what would you be doing? Probably teaching. Or coaching the Green Bay Packers; I do this from my couch every weekend during football season anyway.
When are you most inspired? When I solve problems for clients or when the Little League Baseball Team I coach has fun.
Why should I join the Nutraceuticals & Functional Foods division (or any other IFT Division)? Being involved in IFT Divisions has provided me with valuable knowledge, new friends, and a great base of career contacts.
Favorite food? Chocolate brownies!
Question for Wayne? Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org