Welcome to Food Science & Technology
Established in 2020, the Department of Food Science and Technology aspires to develop a world-class training, research, and outreach program that leads the nation in shaping the future direction of the food science profession, while innovatively meeting the current and emerging needs of stakeholders. The department is invested on unique high impact education and research programs that apply contemporary and novel technologies in food processing, food safety and quality, and sustainability.
The undergraduate curriculum approved by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) offers two tracks, a Food Science Option and an Industry Option.
Explore various exciting opportunities available for our current and prospective students including student clubs, scholarships and career choices :
Our research strengths include specialized expertise in food science technologies, encompassing food chemistry, engineering, microbiology, and processing, with an unique access to a wide array of laboratories and pilot facilities.
Exciting News For Food Science Graduates!
Insights from industry experts and surveys such as the Institute of Food Technology’s 2019 Employment and Salary Report indicate not only high demand for careers in food science, but also high level of job satisfaction within the industry.
Aggies from Food Science & Technology department have a competitive edge for positions in food industry, regulatory agencies and graduate school opportunities, with an almost 100% job or professional placement within a year of graduation.
Testimonial from an employer:
“I recently hired a food science graduate from Texas A&M and I am extremely impressed with her technical knowledge, work ethic, and unique ability to adapt to the ever shifting challenges of the food and flavor industry. I was so impressed with the quality of food science program that I returned a year later and recruited a second hire, this time a graduate student, and I look forward to growing my business with the help of their knowledge and enthusiasm.”- –Greg Berndt, ClearMask, Moxee, WA.
- The NAFFS scholarship recipientsThe National Association of Flavors and Food-Ingredient Systems (NAFFS) is a broad-based trade association of manufacturers, processors and suppliers of fruits, flavors, syrups, stabilizers, emulsifiers, colors, sweeteners, cocoa and related food ingredients. NAFFS Annual Scholarship Award program was established to recognize outstanding food science students on the East and West Coasts. The program has now been… Read More →
- 2021 TFPA Scholarship RecipientsThe Texas Food Processors Association (TFPA) is a non-profit trade association representing companies engaged in the production of food products. It includes those companies which provide the processors with necessary raw materials, packaging, equipment, plant layout and design services, laboratory testing, and an array of business services. The Texas Food Processors Scholarship Foundation is a… Read More →
- Awika new head of Texas A&M’s Department of Food Science and TechnologyWill lead department in further developing training, research, outreach Joseph Awika, Ph.D., is the new head of the Department of Food Science and Technology at Texas A&M University. He started Nov. 1. Awika, a professor at Texas A&M since 2008, previously led the Cereal Quality Lab within the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences in the university’s College of Agriculture and… Read More →
- Dr. Suresh Pillai named ASM Distinguished LecturerThe American Society for Microbiology (“ASM”) chooses Dr. Suresh Pillai as one of its Distinguished lecturers for the ASMDL roster. Only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers are chosen through a competitive nomination process. Lecturers present at ASM Branch meetings throughout the U.S. ASMDL lecturers also participate in career development and mentoring activities at Branch meetings that… Read More →
- Students intern with Scan Tech in McAllenThree Food Science and Technology students, Gabriela Haro, Maria Trevino and Luis Vazquez, were selected to participate in a six-week internship with Scan Tech in McAllen, Texas, a company specializing in electron beam irradiation of food products to increase safety and quality. The students were assigned various projects such as international customer integration protocols, third… Read More →
- Haskins, Riaz receive Senior Merit AwardsLucas Haskins and Nooran Riaz, seniors in the Department of Food Science and Technology have received Senior Merit Awards from the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Presented by the College for over 50 years, these awards recognize the best of the best graduating seniors. The selection criteria for Senior Merit Awards include… Read More →
- Awika Named Recipient Of 2021 IFT Award For International Food SecurityInternational Food Security Award in Honor of W.K. Kellogg and Bor S. LuhJoseph Awika is the recipient of the 2021 International Food Security Award in Honor of W.K. Kellogg and Bor S. Luh. Awika, a professor at Texas A&M since 2008, works to develop and transfer food science and technology knowledge to enhance the food… Read More →
- 2021 Longhorn IFT Scholarship recipientsCongratulations to Allison Brenner, Bethany Gawalis, Paloma Hernandez, Nooran Riaz, Jacob Wester-Jones and Kelly Young on their receipt of the 2021 Longhorn Institute of Food Technologists Scholarships. These scholarships recognize their academic achievement, leadership and a demonstrated commitment to the field of food science and technology.
- Bhimu Patil named a Texas A&M University Regents ProfessorVegetable and Fruit Improvement Center leader recognized for visionary leadership The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Bhimu Patil, Ph.D., as a Regents Professor who is recognized both nationally and internationally as innovative and pacesetting. Patil is the interim head for the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Department of Food Science and Technology…. Read More →