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Young Professionals Common Interest Group

2014 YPCIG Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Chelsey Castrodale, ADM Cocoa, USA
Naomi Hughes, CSM, USA
Swapnil Jadhav
, ADM Co., USA 
Scott Lewis
, Ashland Inc., USA
Utkarsh Shah
, Hershey Co., USA
Sarah Teichert

The next generation of fats and oils leaders

Bridging the gap between young professionals and established professionals. Our hope is this group provides you with the needed connections who can offer advice and support in your early career while making connections to develop your professional network.

Any member (non-student) within 7 years of receiving your highest post-secondary degree is a member of this group. Age is not a defining consideration.

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Not a member yet? Join a society of academic and industry leaders, advocates and mentors who support and guide your professional journey and celebrate your lifelong accomplishments.

Special Dues Rate
As an additional bonus for joining AOCS as a young professional, we offer a Student to Professional Transition dues structure. Contact Doreen Berning at +1 217-693-4813 for more information on this special program.

1st year post graduation FREE

Need further justification on why to join AOCS? Listen to Nurhan Dunford’s AOCS story.

Annual Meeting Sessions

We organize sessions during the annual meeting which focus primarily on professional development.

Current plans for the 2015 session continue the theme of mentoring. Session development should be finalized by early Fall. Let us know if you have a topic you feel the group should offer?

2014 – Progression of Your Early Career

Our first technical session focused on student and professional’s career development. This session provided attendees with the opportunity to hear, learn and ask questions from those with a passion for mentoring for a rewarding a successful career.


Professional PathwaysInform articles

As a member in AOCS you have access to Inform – the Society’s business news and information magazine. Within the magazine you’ll discover feature articles that provide overviews, industry trends and challenges, along with the feature “Professional Pathways”. AOCS members discuss their professional experiences and share advice for those just beginning their career. Bryan Yeh’s article was published in September 2013. (pdf)

Is there someone you would like us to profile? Please contact Inform’s managing editor, Kathy Heine, at

Awards – AOCS offers awards for emerging professionals. Please view the specific award webpage for nomination requirements and deadlines.

  • Young Professional Research Award (sponsored by International Research Centre)
  • Timothy Mounts Award (sponsored by Bunge North America)
  • Journal Article Awards
  • Poster competitions

Career Services – remember to post your résumé to the AOCS Career Services site, free of charge. While there you can browse the current listing of job openings.

Volunteer Opportunities

AOCS offers many ways to get involved. If you express interest in these volunteer opportunities, you will be contacted on an as needed basis.

  • Newsletter content contribution–  Contact Chelsey, Sarah, or Naomi
  • Annual meeting activities planning– Contact Chelsey
  • Session development –  Contact Utkarsh or Naomi
  • Leadership team –  Contact Chelsey

These are just a few opportunities to get involved within the Young Professionals group. Have an idea or activity you feel the group should offer?  Please let us know.


Twice a year the Young Professionals CIG publishes a newsletter. Current plans are for Spring and Fall editions.

View the newsletters here.