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Center for Sensory Sciences & Innovation (CSSI)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
University of California, Riverside

Center Director:
Beverly J. Tepper, Ph. D.

Beverly J. Tepper, Ph. D.
65 Dudley RD
(848) 932-5417
(732) 932-6776

Associate Director:
Jim Simon, PhD

Associate Director:
Maureen(Mimi) Morrin, PhD

Accomplishments and Ongoing Activities (August 2018)

New Personnel
CSSI welcomes Mimi Morrin, PhD, Professor of Marketing at the Fox School of Business, Temple University as the newest member of our leadership team. Dr. Morrin’s research focuses on examining how the human senses impact the consumer decision-making process. She has been a long term research collaborator, and we look forward to working with her more closely in a range of CSSI activities.

Following her retirement from Rutgers, Dr. Jeannette Haviland-Jones steps down as Associate Director for CSSI, but continues in the role of consultant.

Education and Training:



AeroFarms LLC, partners with CSSI researchers BJ Tepper and JE Simon to enhance the nutritional quality and acceptability of baby leafy greens grown indoors.

AeroFarms, headquartered in Newark, NJ, is one of the premier developesr of indoor, vertical farming technology. This research was made possible by a $ 1M grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Seeding Solutions Program. See the following links for more information on this award.


Aerofarms project funded to enhance taste and nutritional quality in leafygreens/

FFAR awards 1 million grant aerofarms research to improve quality leafy greens/

Infrastructure Enhancements:

The Sensory Testing Annex located on the 4th floor of the Food Science Building is now complete and open for business. This area provides 800 additional sq ft for sample preparation, focus groups, and consumer testing. Three qPODs (Portable Olfactive Devices) on loan from QRS-Tragon (formerly qResearch Solutions) also reside in this space.

new lab

Honors & Awards:

Congratulations to CSSI Director Beverly Tepper who was elected Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Dr. Tepper was recognized for her exemplary leadership in promoting the understanding of sensory science through her various roles as a researcher, educator, and mentor.


IFT President John Coupland presenting Beverly Tepper with her recognition plaque at the Fellows Recognition Event at the 2017 IFT Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

Congratulations to CSSI Associate Director Jim Simon, winner of the Rutgers University Chancellor’s 2017 International Impact Award. Dr. Simon received this award in recognition of his twenty-five years of collaborative research in sub-Saharan Africa and his sustained contributions to international agriculture rural economic development.


New Brunswick Chancellor Debasish “Deba” Dutta presenting Jim Simon with the 2017 Chancellor’s
Award for International Impact.