R. Paul Singh - Biodata

R. Paul Singh
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Food Engineering
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Department of Food Science and Technology
University of California
Davis, California   95616
Email: rpsingh@ucdavis.edu
Web: www.rpaulsingh.com

EDUCATION:
Ph.D.  (Michigan State University)  December 1974
Major:  Agricultural Engineering
Dissertation:  Computer Simulation of Liquid Food Quality During Storage

M.S.  (University of Wisconsin at Madison)  June 1972
Major:  Agricultural Engineering
Dissertation:  Effect of Wax Emulsion on Storage Behavior of Snap Beans

B.S.  (Punjab Agricultural University, India)  June 1970
Major:  Agricultural Engineering

ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS:
Lifetime Achievement Award, 2011, International Association of Engineering and Food
Harris Award, Ohio State University, 2011
Nicholas Appert Award, Institute of Food Technologists, 2010
Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Engineering, Michigan State University, 2009
Member, U.S. National Academy of Engineering, 2008
Kishida International Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, 2007
Food Engineering Hall of Fame, 2003
Fellow, International Academy of Food Science and Technology, 2001
Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists, 2000
Fellow, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 2000
William Evans Visiting Fellow, University of Otago, Dunedin, 2003
Grand Prix Award, The Japan Food Machinery Manufacturers Association, 2001, 2008
G. Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar, Michigan State University, 2000
Distinguished Food Engineer Award, DFISA/FPEI, International Food Equipment     Suppliers Association, and American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1997
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Punjab Agricultural University, 1989
IFT International Award, Institute of Food Technologists, 1988
NATO Senior Guest Lecturer, 1987, 1993
A.W. Farrall Young Educator Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1986
Samuel Cate Prescott Award for Research, Institute of Food Technologists, 1982.
First Place Paper Award, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, 1982.
Two Honorable Mention Paper Awards, American Society of Agricultural
Engineers, 1981.
Instructor of the Year, UCD-ASAE Student Branch, 1980.
Outstanding Young Men of America, 1979.
Sigma Xi Science Honorary.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:
July 1983 - present
PROFESSOR OF FOOD ENGINEERING: Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California - Davis. Primary responsibilities include research and teaching in food science and engineering. Current research includes measurement of quality changes in foods during storage and distribution; studying heat and mass transfer in foods during drying ; immersion frying; impingement-air processing ;  freezing and frozen storage; role of food properties in gastric digestion;  energy accounting of food processing operations; and use of computational fluid dynamic modeling in food processing and storage and distribution. Teaching involves undergraduate and postgraduate courses on unit operations in food processing and heat and mass transfer in food engineering.

October 1995 - August 1997 
ASSISTANT VICE PROVOST- Academic Planning and Personnel: University of California - Davis. Duties include reviewing academic personnel actions related to appointments, tenure, and promotions for all constituent colleges of the University. Plan and conduct conferences and workshops for new chairs and orientation of new faculty. Conduct analysis of faculty data to develop policies on hiring, salary, and retention.

July 1979 - June 1983
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FOOD ENGINEERING: Department of Agricultural Engineering, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis.  Responsibilities included research and teaching in food engineering.  Projects funded by industry, state and federal government included, energy accounting and conservation in the food industry, cereal grain drying and storage, thermal processing of proteinaceous foods and development of a squid processing system.  Teaching involved courses on heat and mass transfer to students in food science curriculum, thermal unit operations to engineering students and graduate courses on advanced heat transfer in foods.

June 1975 - June 1979
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF FOOD ENGINEERING: Department of Agricultural Engineering, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California at Davis.  Responsibilities included research and teaching in food engineering area.  Research included energy conservation in the food processing industry, rice drying and storage, design and development of a salt agglomeration process, high-temperature-short-time blanching and energy use in citrus packing plants.  Teaching involved a course on heat and mass transfer to students in the engineering major and food technology courses to students in the food science major.

September 1974 - June 1975
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Agricultural Engineering Department, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University.  Responsibilities included teaching graduate students in the areas of thermal processing of foods, environmental measurements, and food process engineering.  Conducted research in the areas of computer simulation of food quality during storage, vitamin stability in dry and low-moisture foods, and potato storage.

June 1973 - August 1974
RESEARCH ASSOCIATE: Agricultural Engineering Department, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University.  A three-fourth time research appointment to supervise and conduct research in computer simulation of liquid food quality, freeze-drying of low-molecular-weight liquids, potato storage, fresh blueberry handling, and strawberry harvesting.  Teaching responsibilities included organizing and assisting in teaching the laboratory section of a graduate level course in thermal processing of foods.

July 1973 - Received a fellowship to attend a special summer session program on "Food Deterioration" at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge.

September 1972 - June 1973
RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Agricultural Engineering Department, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University.  A research appointment to conduct and supervise research in vitamin degradation in milk and sorption isotherm studies on dry and intermediate-moisture foods.

June 1972 - September 1972
PROJECT SPECIALIST: Department of Food Science, University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Research involved individual quick blanching of green beans and corn.

September 1970 - June 1972
RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Agricultural Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin at Madison.  Research involved determining the effect of artificial waxing on storage of green beans.  Special financial award received from the Biotron, University of Wisconsin, to support the research project.

SABBATICAL LEAVES:
October – December 2005: VISITING RESEARCH FELLOW: Riddet Center, Massey University, New Zealand. Conduct research on delivery systems of functional foods.

April – June 2003: Visiting Professor: Department of Food Science, University of Otago. Dunedin, New Zealand. Gave lectures and seminars on food engineering topics.

September – December 1998: Visiting Professor: Department of Food Science, Massey University. Reviewed the distance learning programs offered by the Massey University.

April – June 1999: Visiting Professor: Department of Food Engineering, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. Reviewed the food engineering educational program offered by the UCC.

July 1988-June 1989: Resident Consultant: The Pillsbury Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Contributed to projects on computer integrated manufacturing systems.

January 1982-September 1982: Visiting Professor: Department of Food Engineering, Lund University. Research and teaching on topics in food technology and engineering.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:
Member, American Society of Agricultural Engineers
Professional Member, Institute of Food Technologists
Member, American Society of Engineering Education
Member, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
Member, Sigma Xi

UNIVERSITY SERVICE (partial list):
Graduate Council, 2001-2004
Campus Educational Policy Committee, 1999-2000
International Committee, Chair, 1994-95
Committee on Academic Personnel, University of California, Davis, 1994-1995
University Committee on Academic Personnel, University of California, 1995
College Personnel Committee, College of Agriculture and Environmental
Sciences, 1986-88, 1992-94
Graduate Study Committee, College of Engineering, Chairman, 1987-88
Graduate Advisor, Department of Agricultural Engineering, 1983-87
Executive Committee, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, 1986-88
Affirmative Action Committee, University of California, 1982-83

PUBLIC SERVICE ACTIVITIES (partial list):
Professional Societies:
ASAE
Member, M-131 Fellows Screening Committee, 2003-6, Chair 2005-6
Food Engineering Division, Chair, 1981-82
Member and Chair of Food Processing Committee, Education Committee 1978-1980
Member of Standards Committee, Publications Committee, Program Committee,             Development Committee, Steering Committee, Grain and Feed Processing and             Storage Committee, Textbook Committee, Aquacultural Engineering Committee,             1976-1981; DFISA-ASAE Food Engineer Award Jury 1978-80
IFT
Nominating Committee, 2007-9
Food Engineering Division, Chair, 1985-86
Member at large, Industry liaison committee, Senior Scholarship Award Jury
Samuel Cate Prescott Award Jury, 1992-1995
Dairy and Food Industries Suppliers Association, Chair of Scholarship Award Jury,           1988-92
Web Editor, 2000-6
Liaison to International Association of Engineering and Food, 1990-2006

 

Editorships:
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Food Engineering, Elsevier Publishing, 2005- present
Scientific Editor, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, Institute of Food Technologists, 2003-2005
Co-Editor, Journal of Food Process Engineering 1986- 2005
Board of Editors, Journal of Food Science 1986-89
Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 1992-2003
Postharvest Biology and Technology 1992-present
Associate Editor, Transactions of American Society of Agricultural Engineers (Food             Engineering Division) 1975-85
Editor, Food Engineering Newsletter, 1977-79

PUBLICATIONS:
Books -
1)  "Food Process Engineering", 2nd Edition, 1981 (with Dr. D. R. Heldman),
AVI Publishing, Conn.
2)  "Introduction to Food Engineering", 1983 (with Dr. D. R. Heldman)
Academic Press, N.Y.
3)  "Energy in Food Processing", 1986, Elsevier Publishing Co. Amsterdam
4) "Food Properties and Computer-Aided Engineering of Food Processing Systems",                            1989, Kluewer Academic Publishing Co.  Dordrecht, The Netherlands (with         A. Medina)
5) "Advances in Food Engineering", 1992, CRC Publishing Co. Boca Raton, Florida             (with   M.A.Wirakartakusumah)
6) "Introduction to Food Engineering", 1993, second edition (with Dr. D. R. Heldman)
Academic Press, N.Y.
7) "Minimal Processing of Foods and Process Optimization-An Interface", 1994, CRC             Publishing Co. Boca Raton, Florida (with F. Oliveira)
8) "Applied Numerical Methods for Food and Agricultural Engineers", 1994. CRC             Publishing Co. Boca Raton, Florida (with P. Chandra)
9)  “Computer Applications in Food Technology”, 1996. Academic Press, San Diego, CA
10) “ Handbook of Food Engineering Practice”  1997. CRC Publishing Co., Boca Raton, Florida (with K. Valentas and E. Rotstein)
11) "Food Storage Stability" 1997. CRC Publishing Co., Boca Raton, Florida (with I. Taub)
12) "Introduccion a la Ingeneiria de los Alimentos" 1997. Editorial Acribia, S.A. Zaragoza, Spain. (with D.R. Heldman)
13) “Introduction to Food Engineering,” 2000. 3rd edition, Academic Press, London (with D.R. Heldman)
14) “Virtual Experiments in Food Processing,” 2004. RAR Press, CA. (with F. Erdogdu)
15) “Introduction to Food Engineering,” 2009. 4th edition, Academic Press, London (with D.R. Heldman)
16) “Virtual Experiments in Food Processing,” 2009. 2nd edition. RAR Press, CA. (with F. Erdogdu)
17) "Introduction to Food Engineering" 2014. 5th edition, Elsevier Publishing (with D.R. Heldman) print, e-book, and tablet version

Chapters in Books -
Author or co-author of chapters in 40 books.

Publications in Technical Journals -
Over 250 research papers in refereed journals.

Reports -
Over 200 reports, papers and presentations at technical meetings in US and overseas.

Patents -
1.  Singh, R. P., and D. E. Brown.  Squid Processing Machine.  U.S. Patent
Number 4,285,099.  August 25, 1981.
2. Singh, R.P. and C.E. Rovedo. “Phytoglycogen coated food and process of preparing. U.S. Patent Number 6,451,362, September 17, 2002
3. Singh, R.P., L.M. Dang, and J.K. Kim. “Apparatus for measuring internal temperatures of food patties” U.S. Patent Number 6,814,487, November 9, 2004

Computer Software -
1) WaterCon—A Computerized Database on Water Conservation and Byproduct Recovery in the Food Processing Industry. (with Dr. Mannapperuma) Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UCD.
2) Food Properties Database Version 2.0.  CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida.
3) Industrial-Scale Food Freezing Simulation System Version 1.1. (with Dr.   Mannapperuma)   The Refrigeration Research Foundation, Bethesda, Maryland.

 

TEACHING AND GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISING:
Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in food science and technology, and unit operations important in food processing. Specifically, the course titles include the following:

Introduction to Food Processing - an undergraduate course for Food Science majors
Packaging Processed Foods- an undergraduate course for Food Science majors
Physical Principles in Food Processing - an undergraduate course for Food Science majors
Heat Transfer in Food Processing - an undergraduate course for Food Science majors
Experiments in Food Engineering - an undergraduate course for Food Science majors
Freezing of Foods - an undergraduate course for Food Science majors
Unit Operations in Food Engineering- an undergraduate course for Engineering majors
Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Systems - an undergraduate course for Engineering majors
Properties of Materials in Biological Systems - an undergraduate course for Engineering majors
Simulation of Food Processing Systems - a postgraduate course
Advances in Food Engineering - a postgraduate course
Separation Processes in Food Processing - a postgraduate course

Between 1975-2014, major professor of 26 Ph.D. and 58 M.S. students.  Hosted 50 visiting scientists and post-doctoral scholars in the laboratory. Former graduate students hold positions of leadership in the academia, government and industry.

INDUSTRIAL SHORT COURSES:
During 1975-2012, organized and presented numerous short courses for the food industry. These courses, typically of 4 to 5 days duration, were held in Davis, San Francisco, Chicago, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Jakarta, Porto, Buenos Aires, Santiago, Shanghai, Nanjing, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, Valparaiso and Dunedin. Topics for these courses included: Energy Conservation in Food Processing, Quality Management in Food Processing, Quality Stability and Shelf Life of Foods, Freezing Technology, Aseptic Processing of Foods, Principles of Food Processing, and Project Management.

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS:
Planned, organized and directed three international workshops with invited scientists from around the world. The topics and dates of these workshops were as follows:
Food Properties and Computer-Aided Engineering of Food Processing System, Porto, Portugal, October 16-21, 1988, supported by NATO
Role of Food Engineering in the Development of The Indonesian Food Industry, Jakarta, Indonesia. September 2-6, 1991, supported by World Bank
Minimal Processing of Foods and Process Optimization - An Interface. Porto, Portugal, September 20-23, 1993, supported by the European Commission.

RESEARCH SUPPORT:
During 1975-2012, received research support from the food industry, state and federal agencies including National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Commerce and National Aeronautic Space Administration.

ADMINISTRATIVE TRAINING:
Selected a Management Fellow in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, 1989-1990. Responsibilities included working with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Dean, and Academic Personnel staff on appointments, merits, promotions, personnel development and affirmative action for Academic Senate and non-Senate academic members of the College.

Assistant Vice Provost, University of California, Davis. 1995-97. Academic affairs, and personnel actions for all constituent colleges of UC-Davis campus.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

International Agencies:

University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

External Examiner of the food and nutritional science program (2008-2011)

 

University Pertanian Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

External examiner and assessor of the food engineering program (1999-2006).

University of Otago, New Zealand
Offered an intensive workshop for industry personnel on Shelf Life kinetics in food storage and distribution, similar workshop was offered at Massey University, Auckland campus. (1998)

Winrock ( USAID)
Assisted Winrock in setting up guidelines for ISO 9000 standards for an apple juice processing plant, Prawanu, India  (1997)

MARDI (Malaysia)
Offered an intensive course on “Shelf-life of Foods” to scientists from government laboratories and professional staff from food companies from Malaysia and Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (May 1997)

USAID:
Evaluated the technical status of the Moroccan food industry and recommended equipment for a food processing pilot plant in Rabat, Morocco. (July 1995)

Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, Ministry of Commerce, Government of India.
Visited eight export oriented food processing plants in India. Developed recommendations for an intensive program of industrial short courses to upgrade food processing practices. (November-December, 1994)

USAID:
Conducted an assessment study on the needs for post harvest handling and processing in developing countries with site visits in Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. Project directed by Winrock, Arkansas. (September-December 1992)

World Bank, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Bogor, Indonesia:
Invited as a visiting scholar in food engineering to advise Dean of Agriculture, University of Bogor, on research and teaching programs in food engineering. Developed research programs of relevance to the Indonesian food industry. (August, 1990;  February 1991;  August 1991)

Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Katholeique University, Oporto, Portugal :
Invited as an advisor to help develop a food engineering research and educational program at the Katholeique University. Guided the development of merit promotion system for ESB faculty. Member, Scientific Advisory Board. (1986-1995)

NATO, Senior Guest Lectureship Award:
Awarded lectureship assignments (two months duration) to offer intensive workshops in Porto, Portugal. Attendees included practicing engineers from the Portuguese food industry. (1987, 1993)

Ministry of Agriculture, People's Republic of China:
Invited to give short courses on food engineering at five institutions in  Nanjing, Wuxi, Shanghai and Beijing. In addition, provided guidance on setting up a food engineering educational program at Shanghai Fisheries College. Shanghai. (1985)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, India:
Appointed a consultant for UNESCO to advise government of India on instituting a food engineering research program at national level and advise on improving food engineering education.  (February - April, 1982)

NATO, Scientific Affairs Office:
Appointed a consultant to advise Marmara Scientific and Industrial Research Institute, Istanbul, Turkey, on setting up a food engineering research program with emphasis on freezing of foods.  (September, 1982)

Royal Dublin Society, Ireland:
Invited to give a talk and attend the summer school on "Energy Management and Agriculture", Dublin, Ireland.  (July 1982)

University of Buenos Aires, Argentina:
Invited to present a one-week short course on "Energy Conservation in Food Processing".  (September 30 - October 10, 1981)

Mr. Parker, former Chief of United States Agency for International Developments:
Evaluate projects on energy management in coffee processing industry in Costa Rica.  (1981)

National Academy of Sciences:
Appointed a member of an expert panel to Sri Lanka on "Post-harvest Food Losses in Sri Lanka".  Reviewed the policies and practices of the government and their influence on food losses.  Contributed to the development of engineering solutions to reducing losses in processing of cereal grains, fruits and vegetables and fisheries.  (February 11-16, 1980)

Food and Agricultural Organization, United Nations:
Appointed a consultant for FAO to advise Tropical Horticultural Institute, Bangalore, India, on establishing a food engineering research and educational program.  Provided recommendations on setting up a pilot-scale food processing facility.  (September-October, 1980)

Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India:
Offered several seminars to faculty and students on research topics in food engineering.  Reviewed the food science curriculum offered by the University.  Prepared a technical report on setting up an orange juice processing plant.  (1979)

U.S. Department of Energy:
Represented the United States on behalf of the Department of Energy at the expert panel meeting of the International Energy Agency, Stockholm, Sweden.  Contributed to identification of research projects on energy use in food processing that would encourage international cooperation.  (1979)

Federal and State Agencies:
NRI Program, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Appointed panel manager to coordinate review of 125 proposals submitted to USDA National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program, in the area of Processing for Added Value. (1992)

CSRS, United States Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.
Appointed member of review teams to conduct in-depth review of research, extension and teaching of Departments of Agricultural Engineering at Purdue University, University of Minnesota, Pennsylvania State University, University of Florida, and University of Georgia; and Department of Food Science at The State University of Rutgers. (1983-1994)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C.:
Participated in an expert panel to advise NASA on research priorities needed for designing food production and processing systems in the development of space stations, CELSS (Controlled Ecological Life Support Systems).  (1979)

Agricultural Research Institute, Washington, D.C.:
Offered a workshop on "Energy Use and Conservation in Food Processing" to the annual meeting of ARI membership.  Prepared a manuscript on the same topic for the U.S.  Congressional staff and others concerned in developing policies on energy research in food processing.  (1979)

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York:
Contributed to an expert panel workshop on identification of needs of basic research in energy use in food processing for the next 10-20 years in the U.S.  (1978)

Industrial Consulting:
Consulting assignments on food engineering related activities with Proctor and Gamble, Quaker Oats, The Kellogg Company, The Pillsbury Co, General Mills, Kraft-General Foods, Cryovac, Ore-Ida Foods, Shaklee Corporation, Nestle, I-Point Biotechnologies AB (Sweden), Frioalimentaria (Spain), Muro Kinzoku Kogyo Co. Ltd (Japan), and Alfa Laval  (Sweden).

 

 

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