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usda-logoUSDA National Needs Graduate Fellowship with a competitive stipend for Ph.D. studies in Food Engineering

Educating Food Engineers to Develop High-Performance Integrated Processing and Packaging Technologies that Enhance Food Safety and Quality

The global food industry is challenged to supply an adequate quantity of safe and nutritious food while meeting new societal, environmental and energy requirements. Food processing and packaging technologies are vital to meeting the food security and food safety challenges.

The overall educational goal of this project is to develop a graduate program that will prepare a diverse work force that is highly competent and innovative in developing integrated food processing and packaging technologies that markedly advance the USDA mission sciences.

In this project, we are providing training to a cohort of three Fellows in an innovative outcomes-driven program that integrates research and professional experiences with coursework in engineering, applied sciences, and professional development. The Fellows are being trained in interdisciplinary, team-centered classroom and research environments that emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills without compromising individual originality. The Fellows are expanding their perspectives through industrial internships at food product, processing and package development facilities. The program is training the Fellows to be future leaders in food sterilization and packaging technologies. The project is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged workforce in the food industry. Our project is directly relevant to several USDA/NIFA priorities: promotion of a safe, sufficient, and nutritious food supply for all people around the world, and building a modern workplace with a modern workforce.

Lead Faculty:

Juming Tang (Project Director) is a Regents Professor, Department Chair and Distinguished Chair of Food Engineering in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering 509 335 2140: jtang@wsu.edu

Gustavo Barbosa-Cánovas (Project Co-Director) is a Professor of Food Engineering in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering 509 335 6188: barbosa@wsu.edu

Shyam S. Sablani (Project Co-Director) is an Associate Professor of Food Engineering in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering 509 335 7745: ssablani@wsu.edu

Current Fellows