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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

  • Getting mac and cheese to Mars

    September 24, 2019  |   WSU Insider

    By Scott Weybright, CAHNRS.

    Washington State University scientists have developed a way to triple the shelf life of ready-to-eat macaroni and cheese, a development that could have benefits for everything from space travel to military use.

    If human beings go to Mars, they need food. Food that won’t spoil during the long travel between planets, and while they’re on the surface… continue reading article…

    Source: WSU Insider, September 24, … » More …

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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

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