On Thursday, March 14, students from Food Engineering (Che462), led by Adjunct Professor J. Joseph Yun competed in the OFPA Food Engineering Award presentations, which were judged by industry professionals of the Ontario Food Protection Associations (OFPA). Students were asked to focus on food safety and quality aspect of food processing in their chosen presentation.
The winning team with the highest score was selected based on both written and a ten minute oral presentation. The winners were: Sonia Liscio, Neha Mithia, Nicole DiMonte, Satita Viddayakorn, and Ajay Kochhar with their presentation of entitled Aseptically Packaged Apple Juice. The students were awarded a prize of $1000 from OFPA .
Ajay Kocahr one of the members of the group benefitted greatly from the course and the competition, “it was a fantastic opportunity to apply food processing concepts learned in the class while obtaining feedback from experienced food safety professionals. Thank you to OFPA for valuing continued student engagement.”
Another organization that works to offer opportunities in food processing is the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST), an organization that “advocates and promotes the quality, safety and wholesomeness of the food supply through the application of science and technology by linking food science professionals from industry, government and academia.” Earlier in the semester, students from chemical engineering were selected by CIFST, based on their academic grades, their interest in food safety and in the food industry. The winners of the CIFST award were presented on March 22 at the Annual Chemical Engineering Dinner with prize purse of a $1000 each, they include: Praneet Bagga, Joanna Ropero, Neha Mithia, Solmaz Tabtabaei and Elisa McGee.
Congratulations to all our students who participated and to the OFPA and CIFST, for their continued support.