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Building Educational Food Safety and Risk Simulations for Engineers and Scientists

Project Advisor
Professor Ashim Datta -

Project Area/Concentration
Process simulation, CFD, Risk, Food Safety, Educational simulation

Project Description
The overall mission of the project is to enhance teaching and learning through the use of simulation. We are working toward enhancing food safety (and quality) education by developing multi-disciplinary (predictive microbiology, engineering, risk analysis), multi-level, quantitative, simulation-based learning modules that are easily incorporated into existing courses. The MEng student will develop Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-based and the software R-based simulations of processes. The student will need knowledge of and interest in engineering simulations and applications to food processes.

Possible Courses
Transport Processes and Computation

Course number Course title
BEE 3500 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Engineering
BEE 4530 Computer-Aided Engineering: Applications to Biological Processes
BEE 6880 Applied Modeling and Simulation for Renewable Energy Systems
CEE 6720 Introduction to Finite Element Method
CHEME 7130 Chemical Kinetics and Transport
CS 4210 Numerical Analysis and Differential Equations
MAE 6230 Computational Fluid Dynamics
MAE 6510 Advanced Heat Transfer

Food Science and Biological Engineering

BIOMI 6905 Prokaryotic Biology: Bacterial Pathogenesis
FDSC 4230 Food Processing A: Unit Operations and Food Packaging
FDSC 4250 Unit Operations and Dairy Foods Processing
FDSC 6650 Food and Bioprocessing Systems