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Melvin Carter


With undergraduate and graduate degrees in food science, Melvin works as food engineering services team leader and DOD combat feeding directorate for Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts. In this position, he leads a team responsible for preparing and coordinating performance-based contract requirements and procurement documents for all ration platforms that have been Warfighter Recommended, Tested and Approved. Providing leadership, purpose and direction to a diverse group of people in the planning, organization and direction of life cycle quality assurance programs for food, packaging and preservation systems is the focus of his position.


Current Position
Food Engineering Services Team Leader
DOD Combat Feeding Directorate
Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center

Current Location
Natick, Massachusetts


One of nine top early career scientists selected to represent the U.S. in the U.S./U.K. Execs Program (2009); selected and co-authored “Emerging Technologies: Non Thermal Processing for Quality Improvement,” a chapter in the book Military Ration Technology

Auburn Memories

The expression on the face of Eliza Carter, my mother, as her youngest child crossed the stage with his Ph.D. (Priceless).