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Doctoral Student Places First in Poster Competition

Poonam Bajaj, doctoral student in Biological Systems Engineering, has won first place in the student poster competition for the Product Development division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2015.

Bajaj PoonamPoonam is conducting her research under the supervision of Dr. Shyam S. Sablani, professor of Biological Systems Engineering. Her research focuses on potential of utilizing pea protein as an innovative wall material for microencapsulation of flaxseed oil. This research holds the potential of developing sustainable wall material for microencapsulation which also fits in current green trend. The title of Poonam’s presentation was “Pea protein isolates as a novel wall material for microencapsulation of flaxseed oil.”

This research program is supported in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WA, the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council, WA and a grant from the Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Agricultural Research Center. Poonam’s committee members include professors Juming Tang and Girish Ganjyal.

Poonam completed her bachelor’s degree in Food Science and she is recipient of best student award based her academic and extracurricular performance. She received her master’s degree in Food Engineering and Technology from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai India before starting her Ph.D. at WSU in spring 2013. She received Puget Sound IFT Travel Award and ranked third in Biological Systems Engineering poster presentation competition.

The IFT is a leading international society in food science and technology. The winner was selected from 35 entries from the top food science and technology programs worldwide. Second and third place honors went to students from University of Minnesota and University of Florida.

Peas in disguise may increase nutrition

The Daily Evergreen |  Feb 5, 2014

The princess who felt a pea through 20 mattresses would have a hard time even tasting the peas used in Shyam S. Sablani’s food engineering research project.

That’s because Sablani’s peas have been reduced to a fine powder of microscopic pea proteins that could help people get more nutrition in their diet.

Sablani, an associate professor and scientist in the Biological Systems Engineering Department, and two food engineering students are researching the use of yellow peas to create microscopic containers. In a process Sablani called microencapsulation, the pea protein can preserve micronutritional compounds beneficial to human health.

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This integrated program melds lectures, technical instruction, laboratory observations, industry visits and “hands-on” experience in postharvest management, cold chain and postharvest procedures relevant to food safety and reduction in food losses and waste. Shyam S. Sablani and Jane Payumo, international research coordinator in the WSU Office of International Programs, developed this program together with other WSU experts from BSysE, Food Science, Horticulture and the Office of Intellectual Property Administration. More at WSU Today

BSysE students Win Poster Competition

The research posters of Kanishka Bhunia and Roopesh Syamaladevi won first and third places, respectively at the Lewis-Clark section of Institute of Food Technologists 2012 Student Research Poster competition. Kanishka and Roopesh work with assistant professor and scientist Shyam Sablani.

Also attending this conference were BSysE graduate students Yang Jiao,Peng Jing, Ellen Bornhorst, Sumeet Dhawan, Wenjia Zhang, Rossana Villa Rojas, and Ofero Caparino.

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