Nydia Muñoz-Rodriguez

Advisor: Dr. Shyam S. Sablani


  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
    Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, May 2017
    USDA National Needs Graduate Fellowship in Food Engineering
    Advisor: Dr. Shyam S. Sablani
    Proposed dissertation topic: Developing polymeric packaging for pasteurized food products
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
    M.S. in Science and Food Technology, Dec 2012
    Thesis title: Formulation of a starch-based edible film, evaluation of its properties and subsequent addition of bacteriophages (phage 52)
  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
    B.S. in Industrial Microbiology, May 2007
    Food Microbiology concentration, Cum Laude Honor

Projects while at WSU

Tree Fruit Commission Funded Project, Summer 2014

Description: Cherry cracking during refrigerated storage is a serious problem of this fruit. Cracked fruit loses its value for fresh market. Cracking occurs due to water absorption through the fruit skin. The objective of the project is to reduce cracking of cherries during postharvest storage. We are developing edible coatings and desiccant incorporated polymer packaging to minimize water condensation on the cherry surface. In addition, a jet impingement drying system is being tested on packaging line for removal of water from the cherry surface before packaging.

Activities and Leadership while at WSU

Food Engineering Club member, 2013–present; CANHRS representative, 2013-2014; Social and outreach committee head, 2014–present

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Nydia Muñoz-Rodriguez


Ellen R. Bornhorst

Prashant R. Pokhrel

Biological Systems Engineering
Washington State University
Pullman WA 99164-6120

National Needs Fellowship