Ph.D., Biological Engineering, University of Guelph, Canada, 1993
M.E., Agricultural & Food Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, 1988
B.E., Agricultural Engineering, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, India, 1986
Jan. 1999 – present - Associate Professor (promoted 2004), Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Sep. 1993 – Dec 1998 - Post-doctoral research associate, Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement, University of Georgia, Griffin, GA
Aug 1988 – Aug 1989 - Research Associate, Agricultural and Food Engineering Division, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
My research program is two folded: process development and nondestructive sensing. In process development area, I work in the development of novel frying methods, novel inactivation methods, microwave assisted methods for extraction of phytochemicals, high pressure processing of meats and seafood, and mathematical modeling of cooking processes. My research is focused on the use of technologies like electronic nose, spectroscopy and ultrasound for development of nondestructive methods to evaluate quality, detect pathogen and toxin contaminations and develop rapid tools for medical diagnostics.
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