On January 9, AOAC International announced that Brad Stawick will take over as the senior director of the Research Institute. Stawick, who has been an AOAC member for more than 20 years, has held several senior management roles in fields like biology, food science, and business administration.
“Brad has been a longtime member of AOAC and served in volunteer roles on the Official Methods Board, the Technical Division on Laboratory Management (TDLM) and the Analytical Laboratory Accreditation Criteria Committee (ALACC),” said Katerina Mastovska, AOAC Internationalr Deputy Executive Director & Chief Science Officer. “We are thrilled to have him join our team and use his extensive food testing and quality control experience to lead the AOAC Research Institute programs.”
Stawick holds a Master of Science in Food Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology (both from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), and a Master of Business Administration from Quantic School of Business and Technology. He is also a certified food scientist and a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), and AOAC International.
Stawick has worked for various global and national contract laboratory providers, where he mainly served in senior management roles in operations and quality, specializing in food, environmental, agriculture, and life sciences. Recently, Stawick has been managing a consulting business of his own, Stawick Laboratory Management, where he provides guidance and support to clients in the testing industry. Namely, his company helps with method validation, collaborative studies, laboratory assessments, ISO standard accreditation, training materials, and more.
In addition to being an AOAC member, Stawick has also regularly served as an active volunteer. He has also volunteered for A2LA, an AOAC partner, as a lead assessor and on various committees and the American Council of Independent Laboratories (ACIL). It was efforts like these that led to him being awarded a Fellow designation in 2018.