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Ashim K. Datta

Ashim K. Datta, Professor

Our research and teaching program are built around the application of transport phenomena (e.g., energy and water transport, fluid flow) in biological processes in an effort to better understand their complexities with the intent of improving them through optimization. We have been active in primarily the application areas of industrial food processing but we have also worked in biomedical applications.

In food process engineering, we develop mechanistic understanding of process, quality and safety for complex food processes, including fresh produce, and under various heating modes such as microwave and infrared. Our goal in this mechanistic approach is to improve safety, quality, and scale-up/automation in a more efficient manner.

My teaching program provides the knowledge base in transport processes in a biological context through two well-coordinated courses. The first course deals with the basics of energy and mass transport in biomedical/bioenvrionment/bioprocess context and the second one builds on the first one through class projects involving real-life biomedical/biological processes. I have also developed a course on completely mechanistic approach to food physics and engineering. Beyond the specific courses, I have a project on teaching and learning of problem solving.

Ashim K. Datta

  • Professor
    Biological & Environmental Engineering
    Cornell University
    208 Riley-Robb Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-5701
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