P. Kumar Mallikarjunan, Ph.D. - Candidate for Director

P. Kumar Mallikarjunan, Ph.D., is a Lifetime Member of Phi Tau Sigma and is a Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Iowa State University in 2017, he was a faculty member (Professor 2015-2017; Associate Professor 2004-2015, Assistant Professor 1999-2004) in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. Kumar holds a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, a M.S. degree in Agricultural & Food Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph. At UMN, he teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses, including Food Process Engineering, Food Science Capstone, and Advanced Food Engineering. His research area focuses on process development, modeling and optimization; and nondestructive sensing of food quality and safety. His current work involves novel processing technologies such as pulsed electric field processing and cold plasma technologies; and sensing technologies such as electronic nose and Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy. He has published 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 book chapters, 3 books and more than 250 conference presentations. He served as the department head for Food Science and Nutrition at UMN and is currently serving as the Director of Graduate Studies for Food Science Program. Kumar has received several awards from professional organizations and he is a Fellow of Institute of Food Technologists and American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. As an active member of Phi Tau Sigma, Kumar is serving as the faculty councilor to the University of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Tau Sigma, and is currently serving as a member of the Chapter Affairs Committee. Among his service to IFT, he has served as Chair of the Food Engineering and Refrigerated & Frozen Divisions, and President of the Minnesota Section. Vision for ΦΤΣ: I started to get involved in Phi Tau Sigma after coming to the University of Minnesota, an active Chapter that recognized the value of an honor society recognizing the accomplishments of students and professionals in Food Science and Technology. I provided advise to the Chapter executive committee on program planning, identification of keynote speakers for their joint meetings with local section of IFT. In addition, I worked with Dr. George Annor on implementing a flagship program for our local Chapter on sending books to Africa. And secured funding from local IFT section. As a member of the Chapter Affairs Committee, we continue to explore various ways to support the Chapters with successful programs and reinvigorate inactive chapters. I envision Phi Tau Sigma to be The Honor Society for all food scientists and food technologists and looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors in furthering the mission and vision of Phi Tau Sigma.