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.
Monday January 16th – Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Day. Faculty and Staff Holiday
Tuesday January 17th – First day of Spring semester classes
Monday March 13th – Friday March 17th – Spring Break
Friday March 17th – Faculty and Staff Holiday
Friday April 7th – Reading day, no classes
Tuesday April 18th – Last day to apply for Spring 2023 Graduation online
Tuesday May 2nd – Redefined day, Students attend their Friday classes
Tuesday May 2nd – Last day of spring semester classes
Wednesday May 3rd – Reading day, no classes
Friday May 5th – Spring semester final examinations for all students
Monday May 8th – Spring semester final examinations for all students
Tuesday May 9th – Spring semester final examinations for all students
Thursday May 11th – Commencement – Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees in College Station
Friday May 12th – Commencement and Commissioning – Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Degrees in College Station
Saturday May 13th – Commencement – Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in College Station
- Two FSTC faculty receive 2023 IFT Achievement AwardsMian Nadeem Riaz, PhD, receives the International Food Security Award in honor of Bor S. Luh. Rebecca A. Creasy, PhD, receives the Excellence in Education Award in honor of William V. Cruess. The IFT Achievement Awards recognize an individual or team for remarkable contributions in research, applications, and service in the science of food profession. For… Read More →
- IFANCA-FDIP symposium Nov.17, 2022The IFANCA-Food Diversity Innovation Program Symposium on “Current Trends in Food Industry- Challenges and Strategies” was held in Frisco, Texas on Nov.17th, 2022, in conjunction with the Longhorn IFT Suppliers Night. For details: Click Here.
- 2022 TFPA scholarship recipientsPlease congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients: Andrew Maust, Haeley Tercek , Abbey Pollok, Jacob Mitchell, Alisha Patterson, Juan Pablo Arevalo, Allison Brenner, Mallory Morelli, My Le, Jessika Schulze, Noeli Pineda, Moni Fadamiro, and Hannah Jeffrey. The Texas Food Processors Association (TFPA) is a non-profit trade association representing companies engaged in the production of food products…. Read More →
- Dr. Susanne Talcott, chief PI on study to reduce intestinal inflammation using dietary phenolsDr. Susanne Talcott, AgriLife Research associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology is one of the principal investigators for the study, called ’Anti-inflammatory microbiome-substrate-host interactions”. Texas A&M AgriLife Research has received a $632,593 one-year grant for this study from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NCCIH.
- FSTC’s First Annual Alumni DinnerThe Department of Food Science and Technology at Texas A&M University hosted its first Annual Alumni Dinner on July 12, 2022, at the Union League Club of Chicago during the IFT First event. The event was co-sponsored by IFANCA. The dinner was well attended with over 40 guests and included speeches by IFT president, Vickie Kloeris, IFANCA president, Dr. Muhammad Chaudry, FSTC department head, Dr. Joseph Awika, FSTC associate department head, Dr. Mian Riaz. The event provided a great opportunity for Texas A&M Food Science graduates to catch up with colleagues, classmates and professors… Read More →
- Building Consumer Confidence: The Intersection of Religion, Labeling & Food SecurityRoundtable Discussion (50min) Hosted by Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) on the topics of Halal, Consumer Education, and Ethical Supply Chains. Speakers include Dr. Muhammad Munir Chaudry, President and CEO, IFANCA (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America); Dr. Mian Nadeem Riaz, Professor of Food Diversity, Nutrition and Food Science Department, Texas… Read More →
- IAEA’s Conference on Radiation Security and Safety in ViennaFSTC’s Dr. Suresh Pillai meets with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Director General, Rossi during the International Atomic Energy Agency Conference on Radiation Security and Safety in Vienna. The International Conference on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Accomplishments and Future Endeavours, from 20 to 24 June 2022 in Vienna, has brought together more… Read More →
- STARS Summer Enrichment Camp 2022Food Science Department Showcase for High School Students During the 3- day camp, FSTC’s Dr. Joseph Awika and Dr. Mian Riaz engaged high school students, inspiring them to join the Food Science Department. The showcase included a special presentation by former FSTC student, Diana Garcia, with Pecan Deluxe Candy Company. STARS (Summer Training in Agriculture… Read More →
- Congratulations to Karla and Ganga for induction into international honor societies!Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Ph.D. – Karla Salazar Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Master’s – Ganga Sah Members of the Texas A&M University Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the International Honor Society of Agriculture selected two FSTC students, Karla Salazar and Ganga Sah for membership. Karla Solis Salazar received the outstanding PhD award and Ganga Sah… Read More →
- FSTC students recognized at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ 66th annual convocationCongratulations to Paloma Hernandez, FSTC’s 2022 “Senior Merit Award” winner and to Allison Brenner for receiving the “Outstanding Junior Award“! The Senior Merit Award is the highest award given to undergraduates by the College. Selection criteria include scholarship, community involvement, professional and civic activities, internships and employment, awards, honors and accomplishments in undergraduate research. Outstanding student awards are… Read More →