Researchers work toward novel engineering and technology solutions for safe and healthy foods and healthy lives. Challenges being addressed include:
Using nanotechnology to safely improve the quality of food products and enhance their functionality.
Make Sure Our Food is Safe
Developing tools for the public and industry to help detect pathogens, toxins or contaminants in food and water in a timely and cost-effective way.
Protect Our Food
Developing technologies to help detect food adulteration (illegal modification of the food content to reduce cost), counterfeiting and other malicious or criminal actions on food supply.
Smart Food Packaging
Working to innovate new concepts for active and bioresponsive food packaging.
Healthy Food, Healthy Lives
Improving stability, safety, nutritional value, and health benefits of food products through engineering processes.
Maximizing Value of Animal Feed Co-products from Biofuels Manufacture
Effectively processing of corn ethanol coproducts maximizing the feed value without adversely affecting ethanol production.
Use of Imaging 'Eyes', Chemical 'Nose' and Drones for improved Apple Yield and Quality
Estimating site-specific yield and ripeness of an apple orchard by integrating chemical sensing, airborne imaging and ultrasonic sensing and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV, drone).
Faculty Addressing This Area
Connection to Teaching
Interested prospective undergraduate students should consider:
- Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
- Sustainable Systems Management
- Corporate Environmental Management
Interested prospective graduate students should consider Bioproducts and Biosystems Science, Engineering and Management.