About the Center
Five focus areas support the center’s research objectives.
The focus areas above will ensure the research objects below are met.
- Conduct engineering studies to optimize design and assist in scaling-up of MW assisted pasteurization (MAPS) and sterilization (MATS) systems
- Develop and validate MAPS processes for selected food products for FDA FSMA compliance and develop protocols for regulatory filing
- Evaluate, improve and maximize the quality of MAPS and MATS processed foods
- Design and develop polymeric packages for MAPS and MATS processed foods
- Conduct accelerated storage and sensory studies for MAPS and MATS processed foods
- Conduct economic analysis to assess the costs and benefits of adopting MAPS technology by food processing companies
- Study energy and water usage in MATS and MAPS operations, evaluate environmental impact
- Assist food processing companies to develop food formulations for MAPS and MATS processing, develop and validate processes, and file for FDA and USDA FSIS acceptance
- Disseminate knowledge via short-courses, certificate programs, and web based media
- Prepare the next generation of leaders trained in food safety technologies and implementation.