Mr. Alikonis is the director of research for the Paul F. Beich Company. He earned a master's degree at the University of Illinois in 1936. He is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and in the American Institute of Chemists, past president of the American Association of Candy Technologists, and a member of many food processing organizations. He is enrolled in American Men of Science, World Who's Who in Commerce and Industry, Chemical Who's Who, and other authoritative cyclopedias. Mr. Alikonis holds domestic and foreign patents in chocolate aerated confections. He was the 1954 recipient of the Stroud Jordan Award and the Award of Appreciation from the Quartermasters Food and Container Institute. He has participated in many national and regional forums concerning food problems, is the author of numerous published bulletins and papers, and is the inventor of several food processes and pieces of food processing equipment.