After earning his PhD from George Washington University in 1922, Ball would work with the American Can Company in Illinois and New York where he earned 29 patents. He would work at Owens-Illinois Glass Company during 1944-46 before going to Rutgers University as a professor and later chair of the food science department during 1949-63.
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) involvement
A charter member of IFT when it was founded in 1939, Ball would serve as its president in 1963-64. He would also win the Nicholas Appert Award in 1947 and would be among the first class of 27 fellows inducted in 1970. Ball also as the first editor-in-chief of Food Technology in 1947 and would continue in this position until 1950