UMN hosts the 2018 Conference of Food Engineering

October 30, 2018
Professors Roger Ruan and Kumar Mallikarjunan sit side-by-side on two large chairs.Chairs on chairs: Roger Ruan and Kumar Mallikarjunan.

Professor Roger Ruan and Food Science and Nutrition Professor Kumar Mallikarjunan co-chaired the Conference of Food Engineering 2018 (CoFE) that was held in September on the University of Minnesota campus. Research Associate Professor Paul Chen led local logistics support.

"Many important and progressive societal and technological developments are bursting in the food industry, and CoFE provides an appropriate platform to bring food industry professionals, academic researchers, and government agencies together," Ruan and Mallikarjunan stated.

About 250 people from 17 countries and regions attended. About 120 oral presentations and 110 posters were presented, covering a broad scope of issues related to food process engineering. Assistant Professor Abdennour Abbas was among those who presented, and he presented his work on rapid microbial nanodiagnostics for food safety. Ruan co-chaired a session on mathematical modeling and emerging technologies and also presented his work on enhancing the sustainability of food production systems through waste utilization.

Fifteen student volunteers from our department and food science and nutrition also participated.

The 14th Conference of Food Engineering (CoFE 2018) and symposium of Convergence of Nanotechnology in Food Manufacturing (ConFoMA 2018) were jointly held. The conference was organized by the new Society of Food Engineering (SoFE), a group aimed at advancing food engineering by promoting research in academia, developing educational criteria and programming, and working with those in the industry, academia, and government around the world.

Paul Chen stands next to a banner promoting the food engineering conference in minneapolis in 2018.Paul Chen provided local logistics support at the conference.

Invitation to contribute: Special issue on Conference of Food Engineering 2018

Ruan will be one of three guest editors for a special issue on "Conference of Food Engineering 2018" to be published in 2019. The issue is a joint effort by the Journal of Food Process Engineering and SoFE. The journal is accepting manuscripts now through January 31, 2019. Learn what topics are being accepted and how to submit papers to the special issue