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Da-Wen Sun

Full Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering
University College Dublin

Professor Da-Wen Sun is a global authority in food engineering research and education. He is an academician of six academies including Royal Irish Academy, the highest honour in Ireland; Academia Europaea, a most prestigious academy in the world; Polish Academy of Sciences, the highest lifetime honour bestowed by Polish government; International Academy of Food Science and Technology; International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering; and International Academy of Refrigeration.

Biography

Born in Southern China, Professor Da-Wen Sun is a global authority in food engineering research and education. He is an Academician of six academies, including Member of Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland; Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), one of the most prestigious academies in the world; Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences, the highest lifetime honour bestowed by the Polish government; Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology; Fellow of International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Full Member of International Academy of Refrigeration. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology, one of the most prestigious food science and technology journals; Series Editor of “Contemporary Food Engineering” book series with already over 50 volumes published; and the Founding President of the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE). In addition, he served as the President of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR), the world largest organisation in the field, in 2013-2014, and is now Honorary President of CIGR. He has significantly contributed to the field of food engineering as a researcher, as an academic authority, and as an educator.

His main research activities include cooling, drying and refrigeration processes and systems, quality and safety of food products, bioprocess simulation and optimisation, and computer vision/image processing and hyperspectral imaging technologies. Especially, his many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of hyperspectral imaging, computer vision, ultrasonic freezing, vacuum cooling, computational fluid dynamics modelling, etc. Results of his work have been published in over 1,000 papers including more than 600 peer-reviewed journal papers indexed by Web of Science (Web of Science h-index = 100, SCOPUS h-index = 104, Google Scholar h-index = 115), among them, 71 papers have been selected by the Essential Science IndicatorsSM as Highly Cited / Hot Papers in Field, ranking him No. 1 in the world in Agricultural Sciences (January 2020). He has also edited 17 authoritative books. In addition, Professor Sun has been named Highly Cited Researcher in the last 5 consecutive years (2015- 2019) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

He received a first-class BSc Honours and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in China before working in various universities in Europe. He became the first Chinese national to be permanently employed in an Irish University when he was appointed College Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Dublin (University College Dublin) in 1995, and was then continuously promoted in the shortest possible time to Associate Professor, Professor, and Full Professor. Dr Sun is now the Full Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology Research Group at University College Dublin (UCD).

As a leading educator in food engineering, Professor Sun has significantly contributed to the field of food engineering. He has trained many PhD students, who have made their own contributions to the industry and academia. He has also given lectures on advances in food engineering on a regular basis in academic institutions internationally and delivered plenary or keynote speeches at major international conferences. In recognition of his significant contribution to Food Engineering worldwide and for his outstanding leadership in the field, the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) awarded him the “CIGR Merit Award” in 2000, in 2006, and again in 2016, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) based in the UK named him “Food Engineer of the Year 2004”, in 2008 he was awarded “CIGR Recognition Award” in honour of his distinguished achievements as the top one percent of Agricultural Engineering scientists in the world. In 2007 he was presented with the only “AFST(I) Fellow Award” in that year by the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India). In 2010 he received the “CIGR Fellow Award”, the title of Fellow is the highest honour in CIGR, and is conferred to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions worldwide. In March 2013, he was presented with the “You Bring Charm to the World Award” by Hong Kong based Phoenix Satellite Television with other award recipients including the 2012 Nobel Laureate in Literature and the Chinese Astronaut Team for Shenzhou IX Spaceship, in July 2013 he received “The Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award” from International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) for his significant contributions to enhancing the field of food freezing technologies, this is the first time that this prestigious award was presented to a scientist outside the USA. In June 2015 he was presented with the “IAEF Lifetime Achievement Award”, this IAEF (International Association of Engineering and Food) award highlights the lifetime contribution of a prominent engineer in the field of food, and in February 2018, he was conferred with the honorary doctorate degree by Universidad Privada del Norte in Peru.

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Professor Da-Wen Sun Named Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate in the 5th Consecutive Year

By: Da-Wen Sun

According to 2019 Highly Cited Researchers report compiled by Clarivate Analytics, Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, is among the world’s most influential researchers. This is the 5th consecutive year that Professor Sun is ranked among Clarivate’s top 1% of researchers for most cited publications in Agricultural Sciences indexed by Web of Science. Earlier this year, Professor Sun topped the list of the world’s most cited researchers in the field of Agricultural Sciences.

Now in its sixth year, the ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ report identifies researchers over the last ten years who are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges. Previously Professor Sun has been named a Highly Cited Researcher four consecutive times (2015-2018) by Clarivate Analytics.

The list is a citation analysis of researchers who are among the top 1% most cited for their field and year of publication in one or more of 21 fields of study. For the 2019 analysis, the papers surveyed were those published and cited during 2008 – 2018, and which then ranked in the top 1% by citations for their Essential Science Indicators field and year. This year’s ranking includes 23 Nobel laureates and, recognized some 6,200 researchers with the moniker of ‘Highly Cited Researcher’.

Professor Sun is an Academician of six academies including Royal Irish Academy, Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), Polish Academy of Sciences, International Academy of Food Science and Technology, International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and International Academy of Refrigeration. He has published over 1000 papers including more than 500 peer-reviewed journal papers indexed by Web of Science, with Web of Science h-index = 97SCOPUS h-index = 101 and Google Scholar h-index = 114, among them, 70 papers have been selected by the Essential Science IndicatorsSM as Highly Cited / Hot Papers in Field, ranking him No. 1 in the world in Agricultural Sciences (Oct 2019).

Congratulations to his former PhD students / postdoctoral researchers: Dr Gamal ElMasry, Dr Hongbin Pu, Dr Junhu Cheng, and Dr Mohammed Kamruzzaman, who are also among the list.

2019 Highly Cited Researchers can be accessed at https://recognition.webofsciencegroup.com/awards/highly-cited/2019/

Chinese Senior Diplomats Visit UCD Food Engineering Laboratories

By: Da-Wen Sun

On 26 October 2019, a 10-member delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Ireland led by Chinese senior diplomats His Excellency Ambassador He Xiangdong and his wife Madam Xia Lining, Counsellor Xue He, First Secretary Hong Jiqing and First Secretary Zheng Dawei visited UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering. The event started with a research seminar followed by a technical tour to Professor Da-Wen Sun’s laboratories (UCD Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology) and experimental demonstrations.

Professor Da-Wen Sun introduced the research activities and cooperation in food engineering between UCD and Chinese universities. He and his team members then presented the advanced technologies of vacuum freezing, cold plasma, hyperspectral and computer vision systems, and terahertz on food preservation, food composition analysis, and food quality inspection. Experimental demonstrations on vacuum rapid cooling of vegetables, microwave-vacuum drying of foods, and hyperspectral imaging evaluation of food quality were also shown to the delegation.

Ambassador He Xiangdong said that food safety concerns the people's livelihood and is an important issue that is universally valued by all countries in the world. The cooperation between China and Ireland in the field of food research and trade is very close. It is expected that Academician Sun and his team will make persistent efforts to achieve more scientific research results in the field of food engineering, benefiting mankind and making greater contributions to China-Ireland cooperation.

UCD Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology, directed by Professor Sun, is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for food engineering research and education. Currently, seven Chinese students funded by the UCD-CSC scholarship scheme are studying for their PhD degrees under the supervision of Professor Sun. The UCD-CSC scheme is affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China to assist Chinese students to pursue postgraduate research at UCD leading to a PhD.

A Milestone — Professor Da-Wen Sun’s H-Index (Web of Science) Reaches 100

By: Da-Wen Sun

The h-index of Professor Da-Wen Sun’s publications has reached a milestone of 100 according to the latest data from Web of Science.  He also has an h-index of 104 from SCOPUS and 115 from Google Scholar. 

The h-index is defined as the maximum value of h such that the given author/journal has published h papers that have each been cited at least h times. The index is designed to improve upon simpler measures such as the total number of citations or publications.

Professor Sun is an Academician of six academies, including Member of Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland; Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), one of the most prestigious academies in the world; Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences, the highest lifetime honour bestowed by the Polish government; Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology; Fellow of International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Full Member of International Academy of Refrigeration. He has published over 1,000 papers including more than 600 peer-reviewed journal papers indexed by Web of Science with 71 papers selected by the Essential Science IndicatorsSM as Highly Cited / Hot Papers in Field, ranking him No. 1 in the world in Agricultural Sciences (January 2020). He is also a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher in the last 5 consecutive years (2015- 2019).

The top five of his most cited papers in Google Scholar are as follows:

  • T Brosnan, D-W Sun, 2004, Improving quality inspection of food products by computer vision––a review, Journal of food engineering 61 (1), 3-16. Total cites: 1039
  • CJ Du, D-W Sun, 2004, Recent developments in the applications of image processing techniques for food quality evaluation, Trends in food science & technology 15 (5), 230-249. Total cites: 626
  • B Li, D-W Sun, 2002, Novel methods for rapid freezing and thawing of foods–a review, Journal of food engineering 54 (3), 175-182. Total cites: 489
  • T Brosnan, D-W Sun, Inspection and grading of agricultural and food products by computer vision systems—a review, Computers and electronics in agriculture 36 (2-3), 193-213. Total cites: 459
  • G ElMasry, D-W Sun, P Allen, Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging for predicting colour, pH and tenderness of fresh beef, Journal of Food Engineering 110 (1), 127-140. Total cites: 414

Professor Sun’s latest publication and citation metrics in Web of Science, SCOPUS and Google Scholar can be accessed here:

Professor Da-Wen Sun tops the World Ranking in ESI Highly Cited Papers

By: Da-Wen Sun

The Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database from Clarivate Analytics has been updated as of 11 July 2019, to cover a 10 year and 4 months period, 1 January 2009 – 30 April 2019, and a total number of 68 papers published by Professor Da-Wen Sun have been designated by ESI as “Highly Cited Papers”, ranking Professor Sun on the 1st place in Agricultural Sciences in the World. In addition, 13 papers from Professor Sun has also been designated as “Hot Papers”. ESI database is updated bi-monthly with six times a year, and the current update is the second bi-monthly update of 2019.

Professor Sun is a global authority in food engineering research and education. He is an Academician of six academies, including Member of Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland; Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), one of the most prestigious academies in the world; Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences, the highest lifetime honour bestowed by the Polish government; Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology; Fellow of International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Full Member of International Academy of Refrigeration. He has published over 1,000 papers including more than 500 peer-reviewed journal papers indexed by Web of Science, with Web of Science h-index of 95, SCOPUS h-index of 101 and Google Scholar h-index of 110. He has also been named Highly Cited Researcher in the last 4 consecutive years (2015- 2018) by Clarivate Analytics.

Seven Review Papers by Professor Da-Wen Sun Published in Issue 5 of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition

By: Da-Wen Sun

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition has just published Volume 59 Issue 5. In this latest issue of the journal, 7 review papers (listed below) are included. These 7 papers are all authored by Professor Da-Wen Sun as their corresponding author, and cover a wide range of topics, presenting critical viewpoints and most recent developments of current relevant technologies. It is hoped that these papers can serve as comprehensive and authoritative information sources for further studies.

  1. K. Zhang, C. A. Perussello, V. Milosavljević, P. J. Cullen, Da-Wen Sun* and B. K. Tiwari, Diagnostics of plasma reactive species and induced chemistry of plasma treated foods, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59 [5] (2019) 812-825.

  2. Y.-X. Han, J.-H. Cheng and Da-Wen Sun*, Activities and conformation changes of food enzymes induced by cold plasma: A review, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59 [5] (2019) 794-811.

  3. H. He, Da-Wen Sun*, H. Pu, L. Chen and L. Lin, Applications of Raman spectroscopic techniques for quality and safety evaluation of milk: A review of recent developments, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59 [5] (2019) 770-793.

  4. A. Hussain, H. Pu and Da-Wen Sun*, Measurements of lycopene contents in fruit: A review of recent developments in conventional and novel techniques, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59 [5] (2019) 758-769.

  5. X. Zhan, Z. Zhu and Da-Wen Sun*, Effects of pretreatments on quality attributes of long-term deep frozen storage of vegetables: a review, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59 [5] (2019) 743-757.

  6. Y.-M. Zhao, M. de Alba, Da-Wen Sun* and B. Tiwari, Principles and recent applications of novel non-thermal processing technologies for the fish industry—a review, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59 [5] (2019) 728-742.

  7. Z. Zhu, Y. Li, Da-Wen Sun* and H.-W. Wang, Developments of mathematical models for simulating vacuum cooling processes for food products – a review, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 59 [5] (2019) 715-727. 

Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition is a top journal in food science and technology. It ranks the 4th position among 133 food science and technology journals in Web of Science, with an 2017 Impact Factor of 6.202.

Computational Fluid Dynamics in Food Processing (Second Edition) by Professor Da-Wen Sun has been published!

By: Da-Wen Sun

Computational Fluid Dynamics in Food Processing (Second Edition) by Professor Da-Wen Sun has now been published. This new title is the latest addition to the popular book series "Contemporary Food Engineering", for which, Professor Sun is the founder and Series Editor.

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Professor Da-Wen Sun Named Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate in the 4th Consecutive Year

By: Da-Wen Sun

The list of 2018 Highly Cited Researchers has just been released by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), and Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, has been named a 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by @Clarivate #HighlyCited2018.

This is the 4th consecutive year that Professor Sun is ranked among @Clarivate’s top 1% of researchers for most cited publications in Agricultural Sciences indexed by @WebofScience. Previously Professor Sun has been named a Highly Cited Researcher in 2015-2017  by Clarivate Analytics.

2018 Highly Cited Researchers represent some of the world’s most influential scientific minds from 21 scientific fields (those used in Clarivate Analytics Essential Science Indicators, or ESI) or across several fields. Approximately 6,000 researchers — some 4,000 in specific fields and about 2,000 for cross-field performance, earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators (ESI) as “Highly Cited Papers” — ranking among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication (2006-2016). Only articles and reviews in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science were considered. Highly Cited Researchers are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.

Professor Sun is an Academician of six academies including Royal Irish Academy, Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), Polish Academy of Sciences, International Academy of Food Science and Technology, International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and International Academy of Refrigeration. He has published over 900 papers including more than 500 peer-reviewed journal papers indexed by Web of Science, with an average citation of over 36 per paper (Web of Science h-index = 92, SCOPUS h-index = 95), among them, 54 papers have been selected by the Essential Science IndicatorsSM as Highly Cited / Hot Papers in Field, ranking him No. 2 in the world in Agricultural Sciences.

2018 Highly Cited Researchers can be accessed at: https://hcr.clarivate.com/

Modern Techniques for Food Authentication (Second Edition) by Professor Da-Wen Sun has been published!

By: Da-Wen Sun

Modern Techniques for Food Authentication (Second Edition) by Professor Da-Wen Sun has now been published, and the contents of the book are available on Science Direct in final published form at

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Professor Da-Wen Sun Conferred with Certificate of Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences

By: Da-Wen Sun

On 24th August 2018, a special Admitting Ceremony was held in Polish Embassy to confer Professor Da-Wen Sun the certificate of Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences. Professor Da-Wen Sun was elected to the Academy with the highest votes at the General Assembly held on 7 December 2017. Election to the Academy represents the highest lifetime honour bestowed by the Polish government.

 

On behalf of the Academy, Ambassador Mr Wojciech ZajÄ…czkowski presented the certificate to Professor Da-Wen Sun.


Another Well-Deserved Honourable Distinction for Professor Da-Wen Sun, a World-Renowned Food Scientist

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, has been elected Full Member - Academician of the International Academy of Refrigeration at its recent General Assembly held on 26 April 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia. This is the sixth academician title that Professor Sun has been awarded since his first election to Royal Irish Academy in 2010, and subsequently to Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), Polish Academy of Sciences, International Academy of Food Science and Technology, and International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering.

The International Academy of Refrigeration (IAR, www.maxiar.spb.ru) is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, which is comprised of leading scientists, academics, professionals, engineers and businessmen. Its activities focus on solving complex fundamental and applied problems in refrigeration and cryogenic engineering, low-temperature energy, air conditioning, food processing and storage, ecology, economics, cryobiology, cryomedicine, еtc. IAR is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Russia, where it was legally established in 1995, being the successor of the Academy of Refrigeration registered in 1993. Famous academicians of IAR include Nobel laureates and deputies of the State Duma (Parliament) of Russia (e.g., Zhores Ivanovich Alferov, the winner of 2000 Nobel Prize in Physics), and past and present Directors General of the International Institute of Refrigeration based in Paris, France. Alongside the traditionally strong position of IAR in the post-Soviet areas where national and regional branches are established, the Academy enrols full members – academicians, corresponding members and academic advisers from all around the world. The full membership (academician) of IAR represents the highest honour in the concerned field.

Professor Sun has contributed enormously to the advancement of food refrigeration engineering on a global scale. He began work on novel refrigeration processes and systems as early as in 1994, and since joining UCD, he has focused on food chilling and freezing technologies, thereby obtaining valuable cutting-edge research results. Professor Sun has published over 100 journal articles in food chilling and freezing technologies. In July 2013, Professor Sun has been presented with “The Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award” by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) for his significant contributions to enhancing the field of food freezing technologies. This is the first time when this prestigious award has been presented to a scientist outside the USA.  

Professor Sun is among the world’s top professionals in food engineering research and education. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed journal papers (Web of Science h-index = 89, SCOPUS h-index = 94) with 50 papers being designated by ESI as Highly Cited / Hot Papers in Field. Many of his scholarly works have become standard reference materials, specifically in vacuum cooling, ultrasound-assisted freezing, computer vision of foods, food engineering models involving computational fluid dynamics, etc. Professor Sun has been honoured as one of the “Highly Cited Researchers” in the last three consecutive years (2015-2017) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).

I have had the chance to meet Professor Da-Wen Sun for the first time at the early stage of his career, when he attended the international conference on “Advances in the Refrigeration Systems, Food Technologies and Cold Chain”, which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1998 and was co-organised by myself under the aegis of the International Institute of Refrigeration. I still remember quite well the professional dynamism, spirit and purposefulness of his participation, which made an obvious impact on the audience. Since then, I have had many further occasions to cooperate and interact with Professor Sun on different joint initiatives and projects, where I have enjoyed the efficiency and accuracy of his contribution. Da-Wen has an impressive professional network of colleagues and friends all over the world and attracts young food researchers around his consolidating figure. As a full member of IAR since 2001, it was a pleasure and privilege for me to nominate him and to act as a promotor for his election to IAR.

Consequently, based on all these circumstances, I take the liberty in expressing the noble feelings of the aforementioned collegial community and in congratulating sincerely Professor Da-Wen Sun for the newly deserved honour. Let us all wish him plenty of health, creative energy and best of success for the future benefit of science, industry and society.

Kostadin Fikiin, [email protected]

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"Computational Fluid Dynamics in Food Processing" (2nd Edition, 592 Pages) by Professor Da-Wen Sun Available Soon

By: Da-Wen Sun

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) uses applied mathematics, physics and computational software to provide quick and efficient simulation and visualization of fluid flow and heat transfer. CFD analysis aims to solve the governing equations describing fluid flow, i.e., the continuity equation and the set of Navier-Stokes equations, and any additional conservation equations such as energy balance, in order to predict the profiles of velocity, temperature, pressure, and other parameters.

As many processes in the food industry involve fluid flow and heat and mass transfer, CFD provides a powerful early-stage simulation tool for gaining a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the performance of food processing, allowing engineers to test concepts all the way through the development of a process or system. By experimenting and analysing the significance and effects of various design parameters and working conditions on the computer, better understanding of the dynamics and the underlying physics of a food process or phenomenon can be achieved, leading to the optimisation of existing and new processes and the overcoming of the need to test the design with each modification. Therefore, the food industry has used CFD widely in its continual quest for process and product improvement.

As the first book in the area, the 1st edition of Computational Fluid Dynamics in Food Processing edited by Professor Da-Wen Sun was published in 2007, with the main aims to present a comprehensive review of CFD applications for the food industry and pinpoint the research and development trends in the development of the technology, to provide the engineer and technologist working in research, development, and operations in the food industry with critical, comprehensive and readily accessible information on the art and science of CFD, and to serve as an essential reference source to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in universities and research institutions. This will continue to be the purpose of this 2nd edition. In the 2nd edition, in order to reflect the most recent research and development trends in the technology, only a few original chapters are updated with latest developments. Therefore, this new edition mostly contains new chapters, covering the analysis and optimisation of cold chain facilities, simulation of thermal processing and modelling of heat exchangers, and CFD applications in other food processes.

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Professor Da-Wen Sun Presented with iAABE Founding President Gavel and iAABE Fellow Certificate

By: Da-Wen Sun

During the 19th World Congress of CIGR held in Antalya, Turkey in 22-25 April 2018, at the opening ceremony on 22nd April, the iAABE fellow induction ceremony was held. Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, was presented with the iAABE Founding President Gavel, and awarded with an iAABE Founding Fellow certificate. The CIGR World Congress is organised every 4 years, and the 19th World Congress was attended by hundreds of participants from about 40 countries.

CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems) is the largest international organisation in the field. In 2014, CIGR established iAABE (International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering) consisting of 33 Founding Fellows from 20 countries, and Professor Sun was subsequently elected as its 1st President, thus becoming the Founding President of the organisation. Fellowship of iAABE is the highest honour in the field of agricultural and biosystems engineering.

Professor Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education. He has made exceptional contributions to the promotion and progression of global agricultural and biosystems engineering. Since joining UCD in 1995, he has served various key positions in the organisation including CIGR President 2013-2014, and was conferred with the lifelong title of CIGR Honorary President at the 4th International Conference on Agricultural Engineering held in 26 - 29 June 2016 at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Professor Sun has published more than 500 peer-reviewed journal papers (Web of Science h-index = 87, SCOPUS h-index = 91) with 39 papers being designated by ESI as highly cited papers, and many of his scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of computer vision / hyperspectral imaging, computational fluid dynamics modelling, vacuum cooling, etc. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including election to the Royal Irish Academy in 2010, selection as a Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) in 2011, award as a Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology in 2012 and induction as a Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences in 2017. Among many other international recognitions, Professor Sun was the recipient of the CIGR Fellow Award in 2010, the Freezing Research Award in 2013 from International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and the IAEF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 from International Association of Engineering and Food (IAEF). He has also been honoured as one of the “Highly Cited Researchers” in the last 3 consecutive years (2015- 2017) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). Most recently, Professor Sun has been presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Peru. In addition, Professor Sun is the founder and Editor in Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology, one of the top food science and technology journals in the world.

"Modern Techniques for Food Authentication" (2nd Edition, 720 Pages) by Professor Da-Wen Sun Available Soon

By: Da-Wen Sun

Authenticity of foods is a major concern of consumers, producers, and regulators. Consumers continuously demand for the reassurance of origin and content of their foods, while manufacturers need to confirm the authenticity of components of their products and comply with government legislations. Therefore protection of the rights of consumers and genuine food processors and prevention of fraudulent or deceptive practices and the adulteration of food is an important and challenging issue facing the food industry. In the past many years, rapid scientific and technological advances have taken place in the determination of food authenticity. Modern Techniques for Food Authentication edited by Professor Da-Wen Sun focuses on the novel techniques developed and their recent applications in authenticating food products.

The 1st edition of Modern Techniques for Food Authentication was published by Academic Press / Elsevier in 2008, with the main aim to present a comprehensive review of novel techniques available for the food industry to authenticate food products, including various spectroscopic technologies, methods based on isotopic analysis and chromatography, and other techniques based DNA, enzymatic analysis and electrophoresis. Other aims of the book were to pinpoint the research and development trends in the development of these technologies, to provide the engineer and technologist working in research, development, and operations in the food industry with critical, comprehensive and readily accessible information on the art and science of modern food authentication techniques, and to serve as an essential reference source to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in universities and research institutions. This will continue to be the purpose of this 2nd edition.

In the 2nd edition, besides updating or rewriting individual chapters with latest developments in each topic area, two new chapters are added. By integrating spectroscopy with imaging technique, imaging spectrometry has rapidly emerged as and matured into a powerful and fastest growing non-destructive tool for food authentication. Using imaging spectrometry technique, the spectrum associated with each pixel in a food image can be used as a fingerprint to characterise the biochemical composition of the pixel, thus enabling the visualisation of the constituents of the food sample at pixel level. Therefore applications of hyperspectral imaging and Raman chemical imaging in food authentications are included to reflect the current trend of developments in food imaging technology. In addition, one chapter is removed due to lack of development in the topic area.

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Two New Handbooks Published by UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun in 2011

By: Da-Wen Sun

Two new handbooks by Professor Da-Wen Sun of UCD School of Biosystems Engineering entitled ‘Handbook of Food Safety Engineering’ and ‘Handbook of Frozen Food Processing and Packaging’ (Second Edition) have recently been published by Wiley-Blackwell and CRC Press / Taylor & Francis, respectively. The books are now widely available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many other online bookstores.

“Although in today’s competitive market, the food industry has striven to provide a wide variety of products with enhanced shelf-life, functionality and quality attributes in order to meet versatile consumer demands, concerns about food safety are still overwhelming among consumers, retailers, and the food industry. In the meantime, frozen foods continue to demonstrate a good food safety record, since the freezing of food can effectively reduce the activity of microorganisms and enzymes, thus retarding deterioration. Therefore comprehensive information in the areas is much demanded, and the publications of these two new handbooks have thus met the market needs”, said Professor Sun, the editor of the books.

Food Safety Engineering is an emerging multi-disciplinary subject dedicated to solving engineering issues related to food safety. In particular, Food Safety Engineering involves the application of sound engineering principles to design efficient microbial inactivation treatments and microbial detection methods, the formulation of engineering design rules and principles for food processing equipment and food processing plants, and the development of effective food safety management systems. In recent years it has become clear that engineering approaches and methods play a critical role in ensuring the food safety in the whole supply chain. 'Handbook of Food Safety Engineering' is contributed by 65 most active international peers in the field and consists of 5 parts with 34 chapters. As the first book in the subject area, the book should provide the engineer and technologist working in research, development, and operations in the food industry with critical and readily accessible information on the art and science of food safety engineering.

On the other hand, frozen food is one of the biggest sectors in the food industry. In recent years, with the development of the freezing technology, there has been a steady increase in the quantity and variety of frozen foods. Nowadays, frozen foods have become a part of our daily life. Built on the successful first edition of “Handbook of Frozen Food Processing and Packaging” published in 2006, the 2nd edition of the handbook continues to follow the main aims of assembling essential, authoritative, and complete information for the readers, with all the existing chapters updated, rewritten or replaced to reflect the latest developments in the frozen food industry. The new edition is written by 62 experts from around the world and is divided into 7 parts with 40 chapters. It is expected that the new edition of the handbook will become a valuable reference source for the peers.

Professor Sun is an internationally recognized figure for his leadership in food engineering research and education. He has published about 600 papers including over 250 peer-reviewed high quality journal papers (h-index = 34), and edited 12 authoritative books. According to Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science IndicatorsSM, Professor Sun is ranked among top 1% of the most cited scientists in Agriculture Sciences in the world. Professor Sun also serves Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology (IF = 3.576) and Incoming President of International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR), and is Member of Royal Irish Academy and Member of Academia Europaea.

"Infrared Spectroscopy for Food Quality Analysis and Control" by Professor Da-Wen Sun Published in 2009

By: Da-Wen Sun

A new book by Professor Da-Wen Sun of UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine entitled “Computer Vision Technology for Food Quality Evaluation” (448 pages) has recently been published by Elsevier Academic Press, a world renowned publisher for publishing academic books. The timing publication of this new title by Elsevier reflects the international market trend of rapid technology developments in using infrared spectroscopy technology for food quality analysis and control.

Infrared (IR) spectroscopy deals with the infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum, it measures the absorption of different IR frequencies by a sample positioned in the path of an IR beam. Currently, infrared spectroscopy is one of the most common spectroscopic techniques used by the industry. With the rapid development in infrared spectroscopic instrumentation software and hardware, the application of this technique has expanded into many areas of food research. Infrared spectroscopy has become a powerful fast and non-destructive tool for food quality analysis and control. The book is divided into two parts. Part I deals with principles and instruments including theory, data treatment techniques and infrared spectroscopy instruments. Part II covers its applications in quality analysis and control for various foods, for example, meat and meat products, fish and related products, vegetables, fruits, dairy products and cereals.

“Infrared Spectroscopy for Food Quality Analysis and Control is written by international peers who have both academic and professional credentials, highlighting the truly international nature of the work. It aims to provide the engineer and technologist working in research, development, and operations in the food industry with critical and readily accessible information on the art and science of infrared spectroscopy technology. The book should also serve as an essential reference source to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in universities and research institutions” said Professor Sun.

The Editor of the book, Professor Da-Wen Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education. Based on ISI Web of Science, he tops the world ranking in Agriculture Sciences as one of the most cited scientists. Prof. Sun’s high quality, high-impact publications include over 180 refereed full papers in ISI-listed journals, 25 book chapters, more than 200 conference papers, and 9 edited books (over 5000 printed pages). In recognition of his significant contribution and leadership, he was awarded the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering Merit Award in 2000 and 2006, and named “Food Engineer of the Year 2004” by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is the Editor-in-Chief of international journal Food and Bioprocess Technology (Springer), is Series Editor of the Contemporary Food Engineering book series (CRC Press / Taylor & Francis), and is board member for a number of ISI-listed journals.

"Modern Techniques For Food Authentication" by Professor Da-Wen Sun Published in 2008

By: Da-Wen Sun

The ability of tracing and authenticating a food product is a major concern to the food industry, as consumers increasingly demand reassurance of the origin and content of the foods they are eating. On the other hand, the rising requirements for foods to align with religious, health, taste or moral preferences necessitates food manufacturers to ensure that they can confirm the authenticity of components such as meats, fish and plant material. In the meantime, foods must comply with legislation and be free from contamination. For these reasons, the food industry has been pushing for modern techniques to confirm food product authenticity. In order to reflect these demands and market needs, a new 720-pages book by Professor Da-Wen Sun of UCD School of Agricultural, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine entitled “Modern Techniques for Food Authentication” has recently been published by Academic Press / Elsevier, a leading international renowned publisher.

“Protection of the rights of consumers, genuine food processors, and prevention of fraudulent or deceptive practices and the adulteration of food is an important and challenge facing the food industry. As a result, rapid scientific and technological advances in the determination of food authenticity have taken place in recent years, and this new title focuses on many of these novel techniques and offers expert insights into the most current techniques help identify the most appropriate authentication option based on specific situation., said Professor Sun, the editor of the book.

Consisting of 17 chapters, ‘Modern Techniques for Food Authentication’ provides a valuable, international resource on the latest developments in techniques available for food authentication, including various spectroscopic technologies, methods based on isotopic analysis and chromatography, DNA, enzymatic analysis, electrophoresis and thermal methods. Therefore, this new publication will provide engineers and technologists working in research, development and operations in the food industry with critical and readily accessible information on the art and science of food authentication technology. It should also serve as an excellent, in-depth complement to more general books on food safety to undergraduate and postgraduate students and researchers in universities and research institutions.

The editor of the book Professor Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education. He has published over 180 peer reviewed journal papers and more than 200 conference papers, and received numerous international awards in recognition of his significant contribution to food engineering worldwide and his outstanding leadership, including the CIGR Merit Award in 2000 and in 2006 respectively by the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR), and the “Food Engineer of the Year 2004” award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-reviewed journal “Food and Bioprocess Technology” published by Springer and also serves on the editorial boards of six international journals.

Three PhD Students Supervised by Professor Da-Wen Sun Passed Their PhD Vivas in September 2014

By: Da-Wen Sun

In the first two weeks of September 2014, UCD School of Biosystems Engineering held three separate PhD viva voce examinations. Miss Chaohui Feng, Mr. Yaoze Feng, and Mr. Yang Tao have well defended their PhD thesis examination and been recommended for awarding the PhD degree, successfully concluding their 4 year PhD study in UCD. During the viva, all the students were highly commended by the external examiners. This is the first time in the UCD history that three Chinese students funded by UCD-CSC have completed their PhD study at the same time. The three Chinese students have been supervised by Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems Engineering.

The students started their PhD studies in UCD in September 2010, funded by UCD-CSC scheme, under the supervision of Professor Da-Wen Sun. Their PhD projects were integrated into the internationally renowned research programme in UCD Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology, which has been substantially funded by Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine and the EU 7th Framework, and their studies covered a diverse range of topics including immersion vacuum cooling of Irish sausages, hyperspectral imaging for detection and/or visualization of bacteria in chicken breast fillets, and applications of ultrasound and high pressure processing technologies on wine. During their 4 years of PhD study, each student has already published 5-7 high impact peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals and a number of conference papers, indicating the very high quality and diversity of UCD PhD programme and the research undertaken in UCD, as commented by the external examiners.

The UCD-CSC scheme is jointly funded by University College Dublin and the China Scholarship Council (CSC) affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China. This unique scholarship scheme is established to assist Chinese students to pursue postgraduate research in UCD leading to a PhD. Currently another 5 Chinese students funded by the scheme is studying for a PhD degree under the supervision of Professor Da-Wen Sun.

 

About Professor Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun joined UCD in 1995. He is Member of Royal Irish Academy, Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) and Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology. His many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling, vacuum cooling, etc. Results of his work have been published in over 700 papers including more than 350 peer-reviewed journal papers (Web of Science h-index = 51). For the past many years, Professor Sun has been consistently ranked among the very top 50 most cited scientists in Agriculture Sciences by Essential Science Indicators.

 

Photo: Miss Chaohui Feng (PhD student, middle), Professor Da-Wen Sun (l, Supervisor) and Professor José Antonio Beltrán Gracia (r, External Examiner) after the PhD viva voce.

Professor Da-Wen Sun and His Student Receive Major International Awards in 2008

By: Da-Wen Sun

UCD research was highly recognized with the top two awards at the 2nd CIGR (International Commission of Agricultural Engineering) International Conference on Agricultural Engineering held recently in Igassu Falls City, Brazil.

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, has received the CIGR Recognition Award in recognition of his distinguished achievements as top one percent of Agricultural Engineering scientists around the world according to the ISI  Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database. The CIGR Recognition Award is the most prestigious in the CIGR award system. This award enhances Prof. Sun’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost authorities in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

PhD Student Patrick Jackman, also from UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, has received the CIGR Armand BLANC Prize for his paper entitled “Prediction of Beef Palatability from Digital Image Features”. The CIGR Armand BLANC Prize is awarded to students and young members under 30 years of age for presenting excellent papers at a World Congress. As part of his PhD research, in the paper Patrick developed an automatic computerized system that extracted features of raw beef colour, marbling fat and surface texture from digital images of quartered carcasses. These image features were then successfully used to build accurate predictive models of important palatability attributes. Patrick Jackman’s PhD research is co-supervised by Prof. Da-Wen Sun and Dr Paul Allen from Teagasc.

CIGR established in 1930 is the biggest international organization in agricultural and biological engineering in the world, and its conferences are the most important gathering in the field. The conference took place from the 31st of August to the 4th of September 2008 and was attended by about 1000 participants. The conference featured many papers at the cutting edge of modern agricultural engineering research from subjects as diverse as food safety to power machinery design. A very high standard of research was presented both in the oral presentations and the poster presentations with many of the worlds leading researchers in agricultural and biological engineering contributing papers.  

Senior Chinese Diplomats Pay Visit to Professor Da-Wen Sun in 2010

By: Da-Wen Sun

On 11 December 2010, a 10-member delegation from the Chinese Embassy in Ireland led by senior Chinese diplomats His Excellency Ambassador Liu Biwei, Counsellor Lan Heping and Counsellor Zhang Shujing visited Professor Da-Wen Sun and UCD Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology (FRCFT). This event started with a research seminar followed by a technical tour in the research labs and experimental demonstrations.

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, chaired the research seminar. At the opening speech, Ambassador Liu highly praised the excellent quality of research work in food engineering conducted by Prof Sun and his team, stressed the importance of collaboration between UCD and China, and encouraged the Chinese students to study hard to contribute to UCD research, and to play a role in promoting cultural exchange between Ireland and China. At the seminar, four presentations were given to the Chinese delegation to showcase the UCD research in food engineering, including cutting-edge research work conducted in UCD FRCFT in three EU Research for SMEs projects and one FIRM project. The three EU projects are COOL-MEAT: A Novel Method for Improving the Vacuum Cooling of Cooked Meats, MINISCRYSTAL: Method for Improving the Quality of Frozen Foods by Assisting the Freezing Process and Reducing the Size of the Ice Crystals, and ULTRAFINEWINE: Novel Method for Assisting and Accelerating the Aging Process of Wine. The FIRM project is Rapid, Objective and Quantitative Determination of Meat Quality by Non-Destructive and Non-Contact Hyperspectral Imaging System. After the seminar, while touring the research facilities, experiments were performed to demonstrate the use of vacuum cooling for rapid chilling of foods, enhancing food processing by power ultrasound and application of hyperspectral imaging  technique for food quality evaluation and control. The delegation showed great interests in these novel and powerful technologies and discussed enthusiastically into details. In the concluding remarks, Ambassador Liu thanked Professor Sun for his invitation and wished that UCD food engineering research would continue to prosper and hoped that its collaboration with China could be further enhanced.

UCD Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology, directed by Prof Sun, is an internationally recognized centre of excellence for food engineering research and education. The main research activities of UCD FRCFT include cooling, drying and refrigeration processes and systems, quality and safety of food products, bioprocess simulation and optimisation, and computer vision technology. Up to now, UCD FRCFT has published over 500 papers and 10 books, including more than 200 refereed journal papers. UCD FRCFT has established extensive research collaboration with Chinese universities and research institutes. Currently three Chinese students funded by UCD-CSC scholarship scheme are studying for their PhD degrees under supervision of Prof Sun. The UCD-CSC scheme is affiliated with the Ministry of Education of China to assist Chinese students to pursue postgraduate research in UCD leading to a PhD.

UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun Continues to Lead World Rankings in Agriculture Sciences in 2010

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, continues to lead the world rankings in Agriculture Sciences, according to recent data released by the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database of the Thomson Scientific from Thomson Reuters.

 

Based on regularly updated compilation of the ISI Web of Science, the world's most authoritative citation database, Essential Science Indicators provides citation counts as a form of peer recognition which generally reflects the dependence of the scientific community on the work of individual scientists. According to data released as of 1 July 2010 to cover an 10-year plus four-month period (1 January 2000 – 30 April 2010), a total of 2,554 scientists are among the top one percent of the most cited scientists in the category of Agriculture Sciences (ISI Web of Science), and Prof. Sun is at the top the list by ranking at 31, a rise of 20 places from 51 two years ago.

 

Covering a multidisciplinary selection of more than 11,000 high-standard international scholarly journals from around the world, Essential Science Indicators rankings are based on a selection of the most cited scientists, institutions, countries, and journals in a ten-year period. Citation counts are based on a journal set categorized into 22 broad fields. Fields are defined by a unique grouping of journals with no journal being assigned to more than one field. To compensate for varying citation rates across scientific fields, different thresholds are applied to each field. The thresholds are set to select roughly the same proportion of entities from each field. For scientists the top 1% of names is selected for each of the fields. This percentage of inclusion translates into a specific citation frequency cutoff for each field. Therefore Essential Science Indicators is an in-depth authoritative analytical tool offering data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals.

 

Joining UCD in 1995, Professor Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education. He has edited 10 authoritative books and published over 500 papers, including more than 200 peer-reviewed journal papers. In recognition of his significant contribution to food engineering worldwide and for his outstanding leadership in the field, the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR) awarded him the CIGR Merit Award in 2000 and again in 2006; in 2008, he was presented with CIGR Recognition Award; and in 2010, he received the CIGR Fellow Award, which is the highest honour in CIGR, and is conferred to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions world-wide, and that continue to improve the outcomes of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering profession. Professor Sun has also received the AFST(I) Fellow Award in 2007 from the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), and was named “Food Engineer of the Year 2004” by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

 

He is Member of Royal Irish Academy, Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, UK and Fellow of Engineers Ireland. In 2010, he was elected as CIGR Incoming President and will serve CIGR President in January 2013. He is Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology, and Series Editor of “Contemporary Food Engineering” book series. He also serves on the editorial board of a number of leading international journals.

UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun Tops the World Rankings in Agriculture Sciences in 2008

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun of UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine has been ranked amongst the top of the “top one percent” of agricultural scientists from around the world according to the Essential Science Indicators (ESI)* database.

The ESI database from Thomson Scientific provides data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals. Based on a regularly updated compilation of the ISI Web of Science, the world's most authoritative citation database, ESI provides citation counts as a form of peer recognition which generally reflects the dependence of the scientific community on the work of individual scientists.

According to the data derived over a period of ten years, a total of 2127 scientists are among the top one percent of the most cited scientists in the category of Agriculture Sciences, and Prof. Sun is at the top of the list by ranking at 51 of the 2127 scientists on the list.

Professor Da-Wen Sun commented: “I am very pleased with the ranking, as the ESI ranking is based on researchers’ research output in high-standard international scholarly journals and is globally considered as evidence of their academic excellence. The ranking system provides an authoritative way of comparing performance of researchers not only within the same discipline but also among different disciplines. Such a high ranking is a strong indication of exceptionally high quality research conducted by UCD researchers as recognised by international peer, it can also significantly uplift the international reputation of UCD as a research intensive university”.

Prof. Sun joined UCD in 1995 and has published over 180 peer reviewed journal papers, more than 200 conference papers, and 8 edited books. In recognition of his significant contribution to food engineering worldwide and for his outstanding leadership in the field, Prof. Sun was awarded the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering Merit Award in 2000 and 2006 and was named “Food Engineer of the Year 2004” by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Prof. Sun has also received numerous prestigious awards in UCD, including the UCD President’s Research Fellowship in 2005. He is Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology, an International Journal, and Series Editor of the “Contemporary Food Engineering” book series.

 

 

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* Covering a multidisciplinary selection of more than 11,000 high-standard international scholarly journals from around the world, Essential Science Indicators rankings are based on a selection of the most cited scientists, institutions, countries, and journals in a ten-year period. Citation counts are based on a journal set categorized into 22 broad fields. Fields are defined by a unique grouping of journals with no journal being assigned to more than one field. To compensate for varying citation rates across scientific fields, different thresholds are applied to each field. The thresholds are set to select roughly the same proportion of entities from each field. For scientists the top 1% of names is selected for each of the fields. This percentage of inclusion translates into a specific citation frequency cutoff for each field. Therefore Essential Science Indicators is an in-depth authoritative analytical tool offering data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals.

Major Success in EU 7th Framework Funding by UCD Biosystems Engineering Professor Da-Wen Sun in 2010

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun, MRIA, Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering, from UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine has recently been successful in two of the three project proposals submitted to EU 7th Framework for funding, achieving an exceptional success rate of 67% in extremely competitive calls under 7th Framework Programme, which typically fund 1 in 6 or 7 of the project proposals they received. His three submitted proposals have all received the evaluation marks that passed the threshold to be eligible for funding consideration.

The new EU 7th Framework Project “COOL-MEAT – A Novel Method for Improving the Vacuum Cooling of Cooked Meats”, which starts on 1 October 2010, is based on UCD technology developed by Professor Sun. Professor Sun is a pioneer researcher internationally in developing the vacuum cooling technology for the food industry. Over the past ten years, Professor Sun has continuously received substantial amount of funding from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for developing rapid cooling techniques for various food products to enhance food safety and quality, and many of his publications have become standard references in the area. In particular, Prof Sun and his team have shown that vacuum cooling could achieve 400% faster in cooling large cooked meat joints as compared with conventional techniques, and for better cooked meat quality, they have thus developed an innovative Immersion Vacuum Cooling (IVC) technology. This new EU project of €1,158,639 with UCD share of €430,545 involves in 3 RTD Performers and 5 SMEs from 4 countries, and will build on UCD past research on IVC technology in order to apply and validate the technique in industry and to plan for the post-project commercial scale up of the IVC system and its subsequent market entry, aiming to improve the competitiveness of European SMEs from the cooked meats industry.

The other newly funded EU 7th Framework Project is called “ULTRAFINEWINE - Novel Method for Assisting and Accelerating the Aging Process of Wine”. Currently, Prof Sun is completing research work for project “MINICRYSTAL – Method for Improving the Quality of Frozen Foods by Assisting the Freezing Process and Reducing the Size of the Ice Crystals”, which is also funded by EU 7th Framework and has a total funding of €1,086,610 with UCD share of €462,989. In this current project Prof Sun and his research partners have designed and developed a prototype system that uses power ultrasound to initiate ice nucleation and to control crystal size distribution in the frozen food product for shortening freezing time, increasing freezing efficiency and improving product quality. This new EU project is a continuation of Prof Sun’s research programme in using ultrasound technology for accelerating food processes. The new project will use ultrasound technology to alter the interaction of wine ingredients to obtain chemical changes in the wine resembling many years of natural ageing and will design a prototype ultrasound device that can be integrated into existing wine fermentation vats for the production of homogenous wines with an extended shelf-life in very short periods of time compared to natural ageing. Starting on 1 November 2010, this new research will be in collaboration with two other RTD Performers and 6 SMEs from 5 countries, which has received a total grant of €1,151,340, of which UCD shares €441,153.

A world authority in food engineering research and education, Prof Sun has published a high volume of scholar works consisting of 10 edited authoritative books and over 500 research papers including more than 200 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals, and has received a number of prestigious international awards including the highest honour of International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR) - CIGR Fellow Award. According to Thomson Scientific's Essential Science Indicators (ESI) updated as of 1 July 2010, a total of 2,554 scientists are among the top one percent of the most cited scientists in the category of Agriculture Sciences (ISI Web of Science), and Prof. Sun is at the top of the list with his ranking of 31.

 

Major Research Funding Received by UCD Biosystems Engineering Professor Da-Wen Sun in 2009

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun, Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering, from UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine has recently been awarded with research funding of €1.14 millions for two major grants from the EU and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

The EU 7 Framework Project “MINICRYSTAL – Method for Improving the Quality of Frozen Foods by Assisting the Freezing Process and Reducing the Size of the Ice Crystals” is based on UCD technology of ultrasound-assisting freezing developed by Professor Sun. With previous fundings from UCD President Research Award, and SFI Research Frontier Programme, Prof Sun and his team have shown the promising ability of using power ultrasound to initiate ice nucleation and to control crystal size distribution in the frozen food product during immersion freezing process, leading to shorter freezing time, increased freezing efficiency and improved product quality. This new EU project of €1,086,610 with UCD share of €462,989 involve in 3 RTD Performers and 6 SMEs from 6 countries, and will design and develop a prototype system for its industrial validation in food freezing facilities, which will be cost-effective, easy to operate and readily integrated with commercially available freezing equipment.

The DAFF FIRM Project “Rapid, Objective and Quantitative Determination of Meat Quality by Non-Destructive and Non-Contact Hyperspectral Imaging System” is one of the only three successful UCD projects funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food under the recent round of FIRM programme. This new FIRM project led by Prof Sun is in collaboration of Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre with a total grant of €835,519, of which UCD shares €676,919. Prof Sun is an international leading researcher in computer vision application in food quality evaluation, and he has in the past received substantial amount of funding for his research in the area. The new FIRM project will expand his research beyond the visible light range by adapting hyperspectral imaging technique to develop a novel screening imaging system that will be able to assess the quality of meat, especially tenderness. The system will be a rapid, non-destructive and non-contact system and will be of great interest to both industry and consumers.

Prof. Sun joined UCD in 1995 and has published over 180 peer reviewed journal papers, more than 200 conference papers, and 9 edited books with over 5,000 printed pages. In recognition of his significant contribution to food engineering worldwide and for his outstanding leadership in the field, Prof. Sun was awarded the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR) Merit Award in 2000 and 2006 and was named “Food Engineer of the Year 2004” by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2008 he was awarded the CIGR Recognition Award in honour of his distinguished achievements in the top one percent of agricultural engineering scientists in the world.

Highest honour Received by Professor Da-Wen Sun in 2010

By: Da-Wen Sun

In recognition of his outstanding academic achievements, Professor Da-Wen Sun, Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), was awarded membership of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) on 28 May 2010. This is the highest honour that can be attained by scholars and scientists working in Ireland.

Professor Da-Wen Sun holds the chair of Food and Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin. His many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for research workers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling and vacuum cooling. Professor Sun has published well over 200 peer-reviewed papers in high-impact international journals and has edited ten authoritative books. He is editor-in-chief of the journal Food and Bioprocess Technology and editor of the series Contemporary Food Engineering. Thomson Scientific ranks him among the top 1% of authors cited in Agricultural Sciences. Professor Sun holds visiting professorships at several Chinese universities.

Founded in 1785, the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is an all-Ireland’s premier learned body and vigorously promotes excellence in scholarship in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. For 225 years membership of the Royal Irish Academy has been keenly competed for, as it is the highest academic honour in Ireland and a public recognition of academic achievement. There are now 442 Members of the Academy in disciplines from the sciences, humanities and social sciences and in its entire history only 2,833 people have been Members. Those elected are entitled to use the designation 'MRIA' after their name. Professor Sun was among only 24 academics on the island of Ireland to achieve this highest academic distinction.

Professor Da-Wen Sun Elected President of International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 2010

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun has been elected Incoming President of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR).

Founded in 1930, CIGR aims to serve the needs of humanity by fostering mutual understanding, improvement and rationalisation of sustainable biological production systems, while emphasising the protection of nature and the environment. CIGR gained special consultative status with the FAO in 1958, with UNESCO in 1966, with the Council of Europe in 1967, and with UNIDO in 2004.

As CIGR President elect, Professor Sun will serve as a member of the CIGR Presidium for six years starting January 2011. The Presidium consists of CIGR Incoming President, President, Past President and Secretary General. He will serve as President in 2013-2014.

During the CIGR World Congress in Quebec City, Canada on 13-17 June 2010, Professor Sun was also presented with the CIGR Fellow Award. The title of Fellow is the highest honour in CIGR, and is conferred to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions world-wide, and that continue to improve the outcomes of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering profession.

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, is a world leading authority in food engineering research and education.  He holds the Chair of Food and Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in high-impact international journals and has edited ten authoritative books. His scholarly works have become standard reference materials for research workers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling and vacuum cooling. He is editor-in-chief of the international journal Food and Bioprocess Technology published by Springer and editor of the book series Contemporary Food Engineering published by CRC Press / Taylor & Francis.

 

Pictured far right: Professor Da-Wen Sun MRIA received CIGR Fellow Award from Professor Søren Pedersen (left), CIGR President

UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun Appointed Editor-in-Chief of New International Journal in 2007

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science & Veterinary Medicine, is the newly appointed editor-in-chief of the international peer reviewed journal “Food and Bioprocess Technology.” This new journal, published by Springer, is available in print and online.

Food and Bioprocess Technology
Food and Bioprocess Technology journal

The journal publishes experimental or theoretical research findings that have potentials for the agri-food industry to improve process efficiency, enhance product quality and extend shelf-life of fresh and processed agri-food products. It also includes critical reviews on new perspectives to established processes, innovative and emerging technologies, and trends and future research in food and bioproducts processing. Letters to the editor discuss recent developments in the field and book reviews highlight recent books published.

“Food and Bioprocess Technology promises to be an effective and timely platform for researchers to publish original papers relating to the engineering and science of food processing technologies,” said Professor Sun.

Professor Sun has published 150 peer reviewed journal papers, more than 200 conference papers, and edited seven books. In recognition of his significant contribution to food engineering worldwide and for his outstanding leadership in the field, Professor Sun has received numerous international awards. In 2000, and again in 2006, he was awarded the CIGR Merit Award by the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering, and in 2004 he was awarded the Food Engineer of the Year Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun is awarded International Research Award in 2013

By: Da-Wen Sun

UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems Engineering, has received the Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award from the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP). The award is in recognition of his “pre-eminence and outstanding contributions in research that impact food safety attributes of freezing”.

Professor Sun has a long history of conducting research related to food freezing and he has published over 50 book chapters and journal papers on food freezing technology. Over the past ten years, Professor Sun has made a significant contribution to the field of ultrasound-assisted freezing using unconventional food freezing technologies. His work has attracted substantial funding from Science Foundation Ireland and the EU’s 7th Framework Programme. In addition, his book entitled “Handbook of Frozen Food Processing and Packaging” published in 2006 has become one of the standard reference books in the field for both researchers and engineers in university and industry.

The award will be presented to Professor Sun during the Annual Meeting of IAFP in Charlotte, North Carolina on 31 July. This is the first time that this prestigious award will be made to an individual outside the USA.

The Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award is the only award to be given by IAFP specifically for frozen food-related research. Incorporated in 2004, the foundation`s mission is to foster scientific research, public awareness and frozen food industry education for the benefit of the common good.

UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun named highly cited researcher by Thomson Reuters in 2016

By: Da-Wen Sun

  • Only those in the top 1% of citations by other researchers in science and social science made the list

UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, has been included in the 2016 Highly Cited Researchers list compiled by Thomson Reuters.

Professor Sun’s work is standard reference material for researchers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling and vacuum cooling. He has had over 1000 papers in the Thomson Reuters science citation index, Web of Science. Some 72 of these papers have been cited more than 100 times.

Recent work by Professor Sun has used non-destructive and non-invasive hyperspectral imaging to determine quality and safety in foods. This allows greater certainty over standards in the food production process compared to visual inspection practices that are still common.

Hyperspectral imaging takes images of food specimens at different wavelength bands at a scale of around ten nanometres (1 nm = one billionth of a metre).

Professor Sun is a global authority in food engineering research and education. He was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2010, selected as a member of Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe) in 2011, and inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology in 2012.

He is editor of the journal Food and Bioprocess Technology, series editor of Contemporary Food Engineering and former editor of Journal of Food Engineering.

Professor Da-Wen Sun Awarded Membership of Academia Europaea in 2011

By: Da-Wen Sun

In recognition of his exceptional academic achievements, Professor Da-Wen Sun, Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering at UCD School of Biosystems Engineering, has been awarded membership of the Academia Europaea – The European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences.

As a functioning European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences, the Academia Europaea is one of the most prestigious academies in the world. Membership is by invitation only after peer group nomination, scrutiny and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in their chosen field.

Of the 2,300 worldwide members, thirty-eight are Nobel Laureates, several of whom were elected to the Academia before they received the prize.  There are only 25 current members from Ireland, including Seamus Heaney, the 1995 winner of Nobel Prize in Literature. Election to the Academia Europaea represents the highest academic distinction.

Joining UCD in 1995, Professor Da-Wen Sun, MRIA, is a world authority in food engineering research and education. His many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for research workers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling and vacuum cooling.

Chinese Ambassador to Ireland Pays Visit to Professor Da-Wen Sun in 2012

By: Da-Wen Sun

In October 2012, a large delegation from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland, led by Ambassador His Excellency Mr. LUO Linquan and his wife Mrs. Qiao Li, visited the UCD Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology Centre (FRCFT).

The event opened with a research seminar chaired by Professor Da-Wen Sun from UCD School of Biosystems Engineering, followed by experimental demonstrations of some leading food processing technologies developed by UCD FRCFT. Examples included: using vacuum cooling to rapidly chill food products; demonstrating how power ultrasound can enhance food processing efficiency; and showing how to use hyperspectral imaging for food quality evaluation and control.

The Ambassador outlined the excellent development of the bilateral relations between China and Ireland and spoke highly of the contributions that UCD has made in promoting education links with China. Currently five Chinese students funded by the UCD-China Scholarship Scheme are studying for their PhD degrees in UCD FRCFT under the supervision of Prof Sun.

Professor Da-Wen Sun Elected Fellow of IAFoST in 2012

By: Da-Wen Sun

Da-Wen Sun, Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering from UCD School of Biosystems Engineering was recently elected a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science & Technology (IAFoST) in recognition of the significant contribution he is making in this field.  Among the 22 newly elected Fellows from around the world, Professor Sun is the only one elected this year from Ireland.

“This is a great honour, both personally and also for UCD. It is an international recognition which reflects the outstanding reputation of UCD research in food science and technology", said Professor Sun.

Professor Sun is a leading world authority on food engineering research and education; his many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling and vacuum cooling. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers (h-index=36) in high impact international journals and has edited 13 authoritative books. Thomson Reuters ranks him among the top 1% of the most cited authors in Agriculture Sciences.

IAFoST, established in 1997, is a group of elected distinguished food scientists and technologists who collectively form a pool of scientific expertise from which the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) draws non-aligned expert advice on scientific matters.

Chinese Vice-Minister Pays Visit to Professor Da-Wen Sun in 2016

By: Da-Wen Sun

On Friday 19th February 2016, a delegation led by Vice Minister Tan Tianxing of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council paid a special visit to Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, and held a meeting with UCD Chinese academic staff and postgraduate students‌.

In receiving the Minister and his delegation, Professor Sun introduced UCD and School of Biosystems and Food Engineering to the Minister and took the delegation over the laboratories and to his office. In his office, Prof Sun showed numerous awards and prizes presented to him by international professional organisations and some of his works including published books, “Food and Bioprocess Technology” - the journal he founded and serves as Editor-in-Chief, and some Ph.D. theses completed under his supervision to the Minister. The Minister conveyed his congratulations to the remarkable achievements that Prof Sun made in UCD in the areas of agricultural, food and biosystems engineering.

Accompanied by Prof Sun and the Secretary of Overseas Chinese Affairs of the Chinese Embassy in Dublin, the Minister and his delegation then held a meeting in UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering with some Chinese academic staff from UCD and Chinese research students from the School. At the meeting, the Minister first brought Chinese New Year blessing to all the Chinese working and studying in UCD, and introduced some latest government policies regarding overseas Chinese. In his speech, the Minister spoke highly about excellent development of the bilateral friendly relations between China and Ireland, and encouraged the Chinese students to study hard and make contribution to UCD research activities. The Minister reaffirmed that his office would be happy to provide necessary channel, platform and assistance for UCD staff and students to collaborate with Chinese universities and research institutes to promote academic exchange and mutual understanding between Ireland and China. Currently six Chinese students funded by the UCD-CSC scholarship scheme are studying for their PhD degrees in UCD under the supervision of Prof Sun.

Professor Da-Wen Sun named 2015 "highly cited researcher" by Thomson Reuters

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, has been included in the 2015 Highly Cited Researchers list by Thomson Reuters.

Only those in the top 1 percent of citations by other researchers in science and social science made the list.

Prof Sun’s work is standard reference material for researchers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling and vacuum cooling. He has been cited in over 400 peer-reviewed journal papers. 31 of these were highly cited, according to Essential Science Indicators (ESI).

Recent work by Prof Sun has used non-destructive and non-invasive hyperspectral imaging to determine quality and safety in foods. This allows greater certainty over standards in the food production process compared to visual inspection practices that are still common.

Hyperspectral imaging takes images of food specimens at different wavelength bands at a scale of around ten nanometres (1 nm = one billionth of a metre). Applied to food, dozens or hundreds of images are taken and reviewed for spoilage or contamination signs based on imaging models.

Accurate, rapid and objective quality inspection systems ensure the safe production of food and correct labelling of products related to quality, safety, authenticity and compliance.

Prof Sun is a global authority in food engineering research and education. He was elected to the Royal Irish Academy in 2010, selected as a member of Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe) in 2011, and inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology in 2012.

He is editor of the journal Food and Bioprocess Technology, series editor of Contemporary Food Engineering and former editor of Journal of Food Engineering.

In 2015, some 3,000 researchers were named “highly cited researchers” by Thomson Reuters.

The 2015 Highly Cited Papers list focuses on contemporary research achievement. Only papers in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection during 2003 – 2013 were surveyed.

Professor Da-Wen Sun Research Publications in Agricultural Sciences Ranked No.1 in the World in 2015

By: Da-Wen Sun

According to the Essential Science IndicatorsTM (ESI) database from Thomson Reuters, which was updated in July to cover the period from January 1, 2005 to April 30, 2015, UCD’s Professor Da-Wen Sun is ranked No. 1 in the world for publication of the highest number of highly-cited papers in Agricultural Sciences.

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, is a global authority in food engineering research and education. He is a Member of Royal Irish Academy, a Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) and a Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology.

He has significantly contributed to the field of food engineering as a researcher, as an academic authority and as an educator. His many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling and vacuum cooling.

Highly-cited papers are defined as those papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year indexed in the Web of Science.

Results of Professor Da-Wen Sun’s work have been published in more than 400 peer-reviewed journal papers (Web of Science h-index = 65), among them, 30 papers have been selected by ESI as highly-cited papers, ranking him No. 1 in the world in Agricultural Sciences.

Professor Da-Wen Sun has received many international prestigious awards for his research excellence, including the 2015 IAEF Lifetime Achievement Award presented to him in June. The IAEF (International Association of Engineering and Food) is awarded to highlight a lifetime contribution of a prominent engineer in the field of food.

Indian Minister Presents Award to Professor Da-Wen Sun in 2007

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun was conferred with the AFSTI Fellow Award by the Union Minister of State for Food Processing Subodh Kanth Sahay in 2007. AFSTI stands for the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India).

Professor Da-Wen Sun Conferred with Title of CIGR Honorary President in 2016

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, has been conferred with the title of CIGR Honorary President at the 4th International Conference on Agricultural Engineering held on 26 - 29 June 2016 in Aarhus, Denmark, for his distinguished services during the period 2011-2016 as President of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR). During the Conference, Professor Sun has also been presented with the CIGR Merit Award for his outstanding leadership in food engineering in the world. This is the 3rd time that Professor Sun was presented with the CIGR Merit Award, previously he was presented with the Award in 2000 in Tsukuba, Japan and in 2006 in Bonn, Germany. The Conference was attended by about 600 participants from 57 countries.

CIGR (Commission Internationale du Genie Rural) founded in 1930 in Liège, Belgium, as an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization regrouping, as a networking system, regional and national societies of agricultural and biological engineering as well as private and public companies and individuals all over the world, is the largest and highest international institution in the field. CIGR was awarded special consultative status with the FAO in 1958, with UNESCO in 1966, with the Council of Europe in 1967, and with UNIDO in 2004.

Professor Sun has been involved in CIGR activities as early as since joining UCD in 1995, and was first elected Chair of CIGR Internet Service Working Group in 1998 and served for 5 years (1998-2002). In 2003, he was elected Chair of CIGR Section VI on Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering for a 4 year term (2003-2006), one of the seven Technical Sections of CIGR that are the essential working bodies of CIGR. From 2007 to 2010, Professor Sun has served as a member of CIGR Executive Board and the Coordinator of CIGR Working Groups. At the 17th CIGR World Congress in Quebec City, Canada on 13-17 June 2010, Professor Sun was elected as CIGR Incoming President, and served as a member of the CIGR Presidium for six years including CIGR President in 2013-2014. The Presidium consists of CIGR Incoming President, President, Past President and Secretary General.

Professor Sun is a global authority in food engineering research and education. His many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling, vacuum cooling, etc. Results of his work have been published in more than 400 peer-reviewed journal papers (Web of Science h-index = 71) with 33 papers being designated by ESI as highly-cited papers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including election to the Royal Irish Academy in 2010, selection as a Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) in 2011 and induction as a Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology in 2012. Among other international recognitions, Professor Sun was the recipient of the CIGR Fellow Award in 2010, the Freezing Research Award in 2013 from International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and the IAEF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 from International Association of Engineering and Food (IAEF).

Professor Da-Wen Sun has been elected the New President of the iAABE

By: Da-Wen Sun

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, has been elected the President of the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE), and become the Founding President of iAABE. Professor Sun is also one of the 33 iAABE Founding Fellows. Fellowship of iAABE is the highest honour in the field of agricultural and biosystems engineering.

Professor Sun has made very significant contributions to the promotion and progression of global agricultural and biosystems engineering. He has been involved in CIGR activities since joining UCD in 1995, and has served various key positions including CIGR President in the organisation. At the 4th International Conference on Agricultural Engineering held on 26 - 29 June 2016 at Aarhus University in Denmark, he was conferred with the title of CIGR Honorary President and also presented with the CIGR Merit Award for his distinguished services during his CIGR Presidency and for his outstanding leadership in food engineering in the world. 

Further details of iAABE can be found here: http://cigr.org/Governance/academy.php

Professor Da-Wen Sun named as Highly Cited Researcher in the 3rd Consecutive Year

By: Da-Wen Sun

Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) has just published the list of 2017 Highly Cited Researchers, and Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, has again made the list. This is the 3rd consecutive year that Professor Sun has been listed as a prestigious Highly Cited Researcher.

2017 Highly Cited Researchers represent some of the world’s most influential scientific minds from 21 scientific fields. Approximately 3,000 researchers earned this distinction by writing the greatest number of reports officially designated by Essential Science Indicators (ESI) as “Highly Cited Papers” — ranking among the top 1 percent most cited for their subject field and year of publication (2005-2015). Only articles and reviews in science and social sciences journals indexed in the Web of Science were considered. Highly Cited Researchers are leading the way in solving the world’s biggest challenges.

Professor Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education. His many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of computer vision / hyperspectral imaging, computational fluid dynamics modelling, vacuum cooling, etc. Results of his work have been published in more than 500 peer-reviewed journal papers (Web of Science h-index = 84, SCOPUS h-index = 89) with 38 papers being designated by ESI as highly cited papers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including election to the Royal Irish Academy in 2010, selection as a Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) in 2011, induction as a Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology in 2012, and award as a Fellow of International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 2016. Among other international recognitions, Professor Sun was the recipient of the CIGR Fellow Award in 2010, the Freezing Research Award in 2013 from International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and the IAEF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 from International Association of Engineering and Food (IAEF).