Official Food Scientists of the Philadelphia Science Festival

Canceled: Lolita

Dr. Rosemary Trout 

Rosemary Trout is Program Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Culinary Arts & Food Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned her doctorate in Health Sciences and Nutrition at Drexel University. Rose taught and wrote laboratory exercises for introductory level food science, food microbiology, food composition, and sensory analysis courses. She has done research in anti-oxidant properties of fruit juices, chocolate sensory appeal, and has funded research on food sustainability and reduction in food waste-centered curriculum development with colleagues through the James Beard Foundation, and new dairy-based food product development and sensory analysis for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  
She actively serves on the Board of Directors for the Research Chefs Association, and she continues to serve on the executive committee of the Philadelphia Section of the Institute of Food Technologists. She is a member of the American Association of Candy Technologists, International Association for Food Protection, and Les Dames d’Escoffier. She is a certified ServSafe instructor and proctor, and is an accredited instructor of HACCP. 
Prior to her thirteen years at Drexel, Rose taught food science as an adjunct instructor, consulted in the food industry, and worked for Walt Disney World Co in Florida and Disneyland Paris.
Most recently, Rose is featured as a Food Scientist on’s “Four Levels” and “Answered By Experts, FAQ” series, and has appeared in several videos for Bon Appetit, with over 100 Million views on YouTube, combined. She has also been featured on NPR’s Radio Times with Mary Cummings-Jordan, and in Philadelphia Magazine.

Dr. Joseph Trout 

Joe Trout is a tenured faculty member and program director of the Applied Physics Department at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. He started his career in the US Navy as Electricians Mate on the destroyer USS Hawkins (DD-873) and aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) where he excelled and earned a letter of commendation from the Vice Admiral of the Sixth Fleet for his work in refurbishing the Main Machinery Room Four. He was honorably discharged at the rank of EM2, and went on to attend Stockton University and graduated with a BS in Physics in three years. Dr. Trout took a position at Millersville University as the Physics Lab Coordinator. After several years in this position, he was accepted into the doctoral program in Physics at Drexel University in Philadelphia PA. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics, and took a job in industry working with Sun Microsystems  as a Senior Systems Engineer. During his ten years with Sun, he was involved in high performance computing with clients that included Drexel University, Temple University, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Fox Chase Cancer Institute and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB). During this time, Dr. Trout continued to foster his love of teaching by serving as an adjunct professor of  physics at Drexel,  and Lehigh Universities. Dr. Trout returned to academia full-time when he took a position as a professor of Physics at his undergraduate alma mater, Stockton University. Joe earned tenure in 2014, and currently serves as the program director of the department. He has had funded research through the Federal Aviation Administration and continues to include students in his research. Dr. Trout co-authored a book for introductory physics with calculus courses, “University Physics”  published by OpenStax.  This is a professionally published, fully peer reviewed, free, online textbook.  Dr. Trout recently refurbished the Harold Taylor Observatory at Stockton University, with the assistance of several dedicated students. This was quite a feat considering that the 16.5 inch telescope was  found to be in pieces on the floor of the observatory, and has not been in use for over 10 years. It’s now in good working order, and  Dr. Trout hosts very popular viewing nights that are open for students and the general public each month. Most recently he has broadened his research and teaching interests to include research on comparing vitamin E content in locally grown Pennsylvania wheat with commodity wheat. He also wrote and introduced a course called “The Science of Ice Cream” at Stockton University, which runs several times each year, and usually has a waiting list!
Dr. Trout has completed many marathons, triathlons, and is SCUBA certified.  

Rose and Joe live near the art museum in Philadelphia and are active in their home parish Saint Frances Xavier. Together they share a community garden in their neighborhood, The Spring Gardens, and they can’t believe how much food you can grow in a 10 x 20 plot of urban land! They also love to cook together.