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Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering


Food Engineering

Pictured: a student working in one our food engineering research labsFood engineers use their skills to design sustainable and environmentally responsible food processes for manufacturing safe, tasty, healthy, convenient food products. As consumer awareness and demand for a safe and abundant supply of food have increased so too has the need for more food engineers. With over 15,000 registered food processing and equipment companies in the U.S., the food industry is one of the largest industries in the world.

Students who specialize in food engineering combine basic principles of engineering (fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mass transfer), math, and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) with advanced courses in food chemistry, microbiology, food processing operations, and engineering design.

Food engineers are well prepared to pursue graduate or professional school or for successful careers food processing, food machinery, packaging, ingredient manufacturing, and instrumentation and control. Our recent graduates have been hired by companies that design and build food processing plants, government agencies, consulting, pharmaceutical, and health-care firms. 

Research in Food Engineering

  • Food-production systems for NASA missions
  • Microencapsulation
  • Emerging technologies in sterilization/pasteurization, including ohmic heating, pulsed electric fields, ultra-high pressure processing
  • Interaction of electricity with biomaterials
  • Aseptic processing and packaging characteristics
  • Extrusion
  • Physical properties characterization with emphasis on phase transition in food systems
  • Edible films and coating
  • Pulsed electric field (PEF) food processing
  • Package sealing methods and integrity inspection
  • Process automation
  • Biological sensors and instrumentation
  • Microbiological food safety related to processing and storage
  • Food product shelf life and quality


Career Tools For Food Engineering

Discover resources that will lead you towards an internship/co-op or full time career employment.  Engineering Career Services can help you!  Registering with ECS in 2 easy steps will give you complete access to all of our services, including:

  • Engineering-specific job postings and on-campus interview opportunities through Ohio State’s online career network and database, Handshake
  • Resume referrals
  • Professional consultations 
  • Employer networking opportunities 
  • Special events/programming
  • Helpful resources

The internship/co-op/full time career employment positions below are from employers who list “Food Engineering” as a major they would be interested in hiring. These employers have selected Ohio State as a key partner.  Please keep in mind this is just a sampling. We invite you to explore your Handshake account as varying search criteria could yield different results.