Potato Agronomy Manager for Western North America, McCain Foods
Addie Waxman PhD is a potato Agronomy Manager for Western North America for McCain Foods, the world’s largest potato manufacturer. She currently works with potato storage growers to improve raw quality from storage season. Previously, Dr. Waxman was the Global Director of Research and Development for 1,4GROUP, a chemical company that promoted the use of biological and organic chemicals to control potato sprouting in storage. Dr. Waxman also worked for J. R. Simplot, focusing on potato retail products and McDonald’s Japan.
Dr. Waxman earned her B.S. degrees from Virginia Tech in biology and chemistry with a minor in microbiology. She also earned her M.S. degree at Virginia Tech in food science with an emphasis in dairy. In 2017, while working full-time and raising 6 teen-aged children, Addie Waxman was the first person to earn an at-distance PhD in Agriculture from the University of Idaho. In addition, her applied potato research was awarded the Potato Association of America’s honor of Most Outstanding Paper in 2018.