The award, which recognizes individuals or organizations whose research contributes to the continued enhancement of food quality and safety through freezing, was presented to Dr. Tang during the IAFP 2014 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Dr. Tang was selected for his significant contributions to enhance the fields of food process engineering and, in particular, the development of in-package microwave pasteurization technology for control of microbial and viral pathogens in frozen and chilled meals.
Dr. Tang holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Central-South University of Technology in China and an M.S. and Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the Universities of Guelph and Saskatchewan in Canada. Dr. Tang is currently Regents Professor at Washington State University.
Dr. Tang has worked in the area of food science for more than 20 years, focusing on food engineering and food safety. Dr. Tang developed a single-mode microwave assisted sterilization and microwave assisted pasteurization technologies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has accepted three filings and The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a non-objection letter for processes based on those technologies. For those achievements, Dr. Tang earned the 2010 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Research and Development Award. Over the past 20 years Dr. Tang’s laboratory has interacted with and trained hundreds of scientists and engineers from major food and packaging companies worldwide.
He is a fellow of IFT and also served as chairman of the Food Engineering Division of IFT from 2010-2011. Dr. Tang is also a fellow of the International Microwave Power Institute, where he served as president from 2009-2010, and the American Society of Agricultural and Biomechanical Engineers (ASABE). He was presented with the International Food Engineering Award by ASABE and Nestl in 2012.
“Dr. Tang is committed to bridging scientific findings to create engineering developments for industrial applications,” said Dr. Ralph Cavalieri of Washington State University. “I have no doubt that Dr. Tang will continue to make great contributions to the advancement of modern technologies for food safety to benefit the frozen food industry and society in general.”
IAFP has long presented awards to members of the food industry for their work to enhance food safety. However, the Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award is the only award to be given by IAFP specifically for frozen food-related research.
As the recipient of the 2014 Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award, Dr. Tang receives a $2,000 honorarium and commemorative plaque.