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Metzger Receives National Teaching Award

Dr. Lloyd Metzger

Lloyd Metzger, South Dakota State University Alfred Chair and professor of dairy and food science, received the International Dairy Food Association Award for Teaching in Dairy Manufacturing June 24 at the national meeting of the American Dairy Science Association in Cincinnati. The award recognizes excellence in teaching and draws nominations from around the world. 

“Metzger’s vibrant research coupled with his practical experience makes him a dynamic and effective instructor, providing students with a unique learning experience,” said Vikram Mistry, department head of dairy and food science. “His teaching approaches prepare students for successful careers in the dairy processing industry.”  

Metzger received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in dairy manufacturing from South Dakota State University and a doctorate in food science from Cornell University. Following positions as a research scientist at General Mills and a faculty member at the University of Minnesota, he returned to SDSU as a faculty member in the dairy and food science department and holder of the Alfred Chair in Dairy Education in 2007. He received promotion to professor in 2012. 

Metzger teaches or co-teaches several undergraduate courses including Dairy Product Processing I, Dairy Products Judging, Advanced Dairy Products Judging, Dairy Product and Process Development, and Laboratory Techniques in Dairy Science. As coach of the SDSU Dairy Products Judging Team, he has guided his students to seven national championships since 2011. Metzger also has a prolific research program in dairy manufacturing through which he mentors graduate students. He is the director of the Midwest Dairy Foods Research Center, which sponsors dairy research through check-off funds from dairy farmers at SDSU, the University of Minnesota and Iowa State University. 

About the South Dakota State University Dairy and Food Science Department
With expertise in dairy production, dairy manufacturing and food science, the South Dakota State University dairy and food science department covers the entire spectrum of the dairy industry from farm to product. The department is housed in the renovated Alfred Dairy Science Hall, attached to the state-of-the-art Davis Dairy Plant. About a mile north of campus, the South Dakota State University dairy farm provides the source of milk for well-known SDSU ice cream and cheese products and is home to some 150 milking Holsteins and Brown Swiss cattle. The department boasts 100 percent job placement for graduates, offers more than $150,000 in scholarships to students and confers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.