Haibo Huang has been named assistant professor of food science and technology in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

He is one of eight new faculty members recently hired in the college. New positions were identified to bring talent to its focus areas, including food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Huang’s research focuses on developing and applying engineering technologies to improve food and bioprocesses for food, fuel, and other chemicals. His research areas include integrated fermentation to improve fermentation yield and efficiency; sustainable processing of food and agricultural wastes via novel technologies; simulation and economic analysis of food and bioprocesses; and sensing technologies for process monitoring and optimization.

Huang received his bachelor's in biosystems engineering from Zhejiang University, his master's in biological engineering from the University of Arkansas, and a Ph.D. in agricultural and biological engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Written by Amy Loeffler

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