Stephen Campano, vice president of research and applied technology for chemical supplier Hawkins Inc., has been awarded the 2011 American Meat Science Association Signal Service Award.

The AMSA Signal Service Award, sponsored by Keystone Foods, was established in 1956 and is given to members in recognition of devoted service and lasting contributions to the meat industry and to the association. Campano, recognized internationally as an expert in the development and application of new ingredient technologies, was elected to the AMSA board of directors in 2003, served as chair of the Reciprocal Meat Conference in 2005 and was a member of the organizing committee for the 2005 International Congress of Meat Science and Technology. In 2007, Campano was elected to the AMSA executive board, serving as president in 2008-2009. He also serves on the American Meat Institute Scientific Affairs Advisory Committee, is a member of the AMSA Advisory Council and the University of Wisconsin Meat Science Advisory Committee.


Since 2007, Campano has been involved in developing and directing food safety research initiatives with government and academic institutions at Hawkins.