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Development of Computer-Aided Engineering Tools for Food Processes

Today's design process is characterized by several critical factors, often driven by fierce competition: the need to reduce cost, need to reduce time to market, and need to make dramatic changes. Increasing the efficiency of this design process would add tremendous value to this industry by helping each of the aspects just mentioned. In food industry, processes are complex and the investment in research has been quite low. Thus, on the one hand there is complex physics that need to be delineated, on the other hand the industry is not able or willing to spend the resources to do that. As a result, the food industry does not benefit. We intend to develop or prime the computing environment so that the food industry will integrate and benefit from such productivity tool.

Our goal is to integrate various aspects of modeling in the context of computer implementation, using software developed by us or available commercially.

We are also specifically targeting educational use of simulation-based tools to enhance food safety and quality education in food science and related engineering curricula. Through multi-university collaboration, we are hoping to develop multi-disciplinary (predictive microbiology, engineering, risk analysis), multi-level, quantitative, simulation-based learning modules that are easily incorporated into existing courses.


A user-friendly food microbiological and chemical safety simulator. Workshop presented at the 2009 IFT Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California, June 6-9.

Recent Invited Talk

Datta, A. and A. Dhall. 2011. Modeling food process, quality and safety: Frameworks and practical aspects. 11th International Congress on Engineering and Food, Athens, Greece, May 2011.

Selected Publications

  • Gulati, T. and A. K. Datta. 2012. Food property estimation equations for enabling computer-aided food process engineering. Journal of Food Engineering. In press. Published currently online at 10.1016/j.jfoodeng.2012.12.016.
  • A. K. Datta, V. Rakesh and D. Way. 2012. Simulation as an integrator in an undergraduate biological engineering curriculum. Computer Applications in Engineering Education. In Press. Currently published online at DOI: 10.1002/cae.20519
  • Halder, A., A. Dhall, A. K. Datta, D. G. Black, P. M. Davidson, J. Li and S. Zivanovic. 2011. A user-friendly general-purpose predictive software package for food safety. Journal of Food Engineering, 104(2):173-185.
  • Models for Safety, Quality, and Competitiveness of the Food Processing Sector Datta, A. K., Editor. 2008. Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety. IFT Press, Chicago, Illinois. 78 pages

Ashim K. Datta

Ashim K. Datta

  • Professor
    Biological & Environmental Engineering
    Cornell University
    208 Riley-Robb Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-5701
  • Tel: (607) 255-2482
  • Fax: (607) 255-4080