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Purdue Food Science Professor to Teach at Moscow University

03 January 2014

US - Purdue University professor Kevin Keener has been awarded a Distinguished Fulbright Fellowship to teach food science and food engineering at Moscow State AgroEngineering University in Russia during the 2014 spring semester.

Prof Kevin Keener
Kevin Keener, a Purdue professor of food science, demonstrates his radiant fryer in a campus lab.
(Purdue Agricultural Communication file photo/Tom Campbell)

Dr Keener will serve as the Distinguished Chair in Agricultural Technology and Education from February through May, teaching classes to 120 undergraduate students and 30 graduate students.

He also will help train colleagues and industry representatives in Russia on food safety, food technology and food security.

Dr Keener said the fellowship will benefit his Purdue Extension food science activities and research programme.

"Additionally, it shines a spotlight on Purdue and further enhances the food science department's and Purdue University's reputation as a world-leading institution," Dr Keener said.

Dr Keener's research into food processing engineering has led to his inventions including a process for rapidly cooling eggs to inhibit the growth of bacteria such as Salmonella.

He also developed a radiant fryer, which can cook food that retains its "fried" flavour while containing up to 50 per cent less fat and fewer calories than food cooked using conventional deep-fried methods.

"Dr Keener continues to lead the way in developing new technologies aimed at improving the health and safety of our foods," said Brian Farkas, head of Purdue's food science department.

"That he has been awarded this prestigious fellowship is no surprise."

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