George Flick, University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of food science and technology, was inducted to the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Hall of Fame during the annual college alumni awards ceremony. Flick has spent his entire career bringing academia, industry, and government together to advance the seafood industry.
Flick, of Blacksburg, Virginia, set standards for safety, quality, processing, and packaging for a significant percentage of the world's fishery products. Many of those processes and practices are still the benchmark against which any new ideas are judged.
He also brought together faculty from five of Virginia Tech's colleges to form the Commercial Fish and Shellfish Technologies group and carved out Virginia Tech's place in Virginia's Sea Grant Consortium. He made great contributions to the development of sustainable, environmentally responsible recirculating aquaculture. He is a luminary in multiple professional organizations, with prodigious research grantsmanship and a curriculum vita that runs for miles.
In addition to many awards received at Virginia Tech, Flick has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He was also awarded the Myron Solberg Award from IFT, given to the person who has been instrumental in bringing academia, industry, and government together to solve food industry problems.
Service to others is the characteristic that carries through Flick’s career. He has been a tireless advocate for the seafood industry and has been instrumental in forming lasting relationships that bring industry and government together to solve problems and create opportunities. George Flick’s work has had lasting benefit to the U.S. seafood industry and the state of Virginia.
Flick earned his bachelor's, M.S., and Ph.D degrees from Louisana State University.