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Max Larson | sound director

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Max Larson is a Framingham-based musician and advocate for music education and appreciation. He is the manager of Centre Music House, a community music school and store in Framingham. Since 2012, Max has hosted a monthly Open Mic series which provides local musicians and patrons a space to perform and enjoy music for free. In addition to serving as sound director at the SPMF, Max is also the music coordinator for the Framingham Earth Day Festival and the FramBark Fundraiser. A guitarist and singer with a soft spot for classic rock, he can be seen performing at open mics in and around the MetroWest area. 

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Vinay Mannam | coordinator


Prior to joining Framingham State, Professor Vinay Mannam did his Undergrad in Agricultural Engineering from Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Bapatla, India, and his Ph. D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. At Tennessee, he was responsible for designing and developing a patented seed hydration analyzing system. 

Currently, Vinay is a tenured faculty in the department of chemistry and food science, teaching responsibility to food science majors at Framingham State University. He is still evolving as a teacher, fine-tuning the balancing act of faculty to be a coach, expert, and guide to students interested in a field he is passionate about. His research interests during his faculty tenure include optimizing food process conditions to produce high-quality and nutritional food products. In addition, he studies and models shelf-life conditions that accelerate food degradation and nutritional loss, emphasizing minimizing food loss and waste among perishable food products.


Along with teaching and research, Vinay is active in food science education, extension, and outreach roles through the professional community of the Institute of Food Technologists.

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