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Food Engineering

Our food engineering scientists develop advanced thermal and non-thermal processing techniques in order to produce safe and nutritious food. These same researchers foster close collaboration with the food industry to optimize existing products and to develop new foods using emerging technologies and processes.

Drs. Barbosa, Sablani, and Tang
Dr. Gustavo Barbosa, Dr. Shyam Sablani, and Dr. Juming Tang. Photo credit: Dr. Sablani

In order to heat food more uniformly and greatly reduce processing time, biological systems engineering researchers utilize state-of-the-art microwave technology and methods.Food engineers develop innovative packaging materials to improve the safety, quality, and shelf-life of foods for the promotion of food security. New polymers and polymer nanocomposites are being evaluated for the applications of advanced sterilization technologies. In addition, our scientists continue to develop novel non-thermal technologies in order to preserve qualities such as texture, color, shape, and taste. They are also exploring alternative non-thermal processing methods, such as high hydrostatic pressure, ultraviolet light, and pulsed electric fields, for use on fresh produce, dairy and egg-based products.


Food Engineering In the News

  • Graduate Student Wins IFT Poster Competition Award

    November 13, 2018  |  Chicago, IL

    Pavitra Krishna KumarPavitra Krishna Kumar, a PhD student in the Food Engineering emphasis area of Biological Systems Engineering won second place at the 2018 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Graduate Student Poster Competition. Her presentation was entered in the Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Division.

    Pavitra is advised by BSE faculty member Dr. Shyam Sablani.

    Pavitra was also featured in the Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Division newsletter and gave an interview highlighting her work.

     

     

     

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Faculty in Emphasis

Gustavo Barbosa-Cánovas, Ph.D
Shyam S. Sablani, Ph.D.
Juming Tang, Ph.D.


Fellowships

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

Research Projects

Center of Excellence for Food Safety Using Microwave Energy