K.P. Sandeep

Professor of Food Science and Department Head

Academic Degrees

B.S. (1991) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
M.S. (1993) Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. (1996) Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

My primary research interest lies in the area of food engineering. Within food engineering, thermal/aseptic processing of particulate foods using conventional heat exchangers and microwaves is my major area of research. This includes various aspects of fluid mechanics and heat transfer. I also deal with mathematical modeling of velocity and temperature profiles during thermal processing. Developing and using sensors (electronic, enzymatic, thermomagnetic, and microbial) to monitor various aspects of the process is another area that I deal with. All these efforts are geared towards assuring commercial sterility of a product by microbiological validation. Identifying the optimum processing conditions that yields a safe and high quality product is another aspect of food processing that comes under the realms of my research interests. Some of my other areas of research include development of biodegradable packaging material (with the use of extrusion and nanotechnology) and scale-up of mixing and heating operations.

Teaching Activities

I teach the following courses:

Principles of Food and Bioprocess Engineering (FS 231): Undergraduate level
Thermal Processing of Foods (FS 741): Graduate level
Food Packaging (FS 522): Undergraduate and graduate level

Extension and Outreach Activities

I offer the following workshops and short courses for the food industry:

• HTST Equipment, Control and Tests: A Basic Workshop for Dairy Processors
• Thermal Process Design & Calculations
• Conventional and Advanced Thermal Processing Technologies
• Heat Exchangers and their Design
• Continuous Flow Microwave Processing

Service Activities

I serve as the site director for the Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS), a NSF-funded Industry-University Cooperative Research Center.

Our Thermal Analysis Service Center has the capability to determine various thermal and dielectric properties of foods for the food industry. For more information on this, please contact me.


Our microwave research group €™s work has received recognition from IFT (Industrial Achievement Award in 2009), USDA (Superior Efforts in Technology Transfer Award, 2009), and NSF (Compendium of Industry Nominated Technology Breakthroughs). It has also resulted in two commercializations (Yamco, LLC: ~80 jobs; Wright Foods: ~150 jobs).

Curriculum vitae

Kumar, P., Sandeep, K.P., Alavi S., Truong, V.D., Gorga, R.E. 2010. Effect of type and content of modified montmorillonite on the structure and properties of bio-nanocomposite films based on soy protein isolate and montmorillonite. Journal of Food Science. Vol. 75(5): N46-N56.

Breidt, F., Sandeep, K.P., Arritt, F. 2010. Use of linear models for thermal processing of acidified foods. Food Protection Trends. Vol. 30(5): 268-272.

Kumar, P., Reinitz, H.W., Simunovic, J., Sandeep, K.P., Franzon, P.D. 2009. Overview of RFID technology and its applications in the food industry. Journal of Food Science: Concise reviews and hypotheses in Food Science. Vol. 74(8): R101-R106.

Steed, L., Truong, V.D., Simunovic, J., Sandeep, K.P., Kumar, P., Cartwright, G.D., Swartzel, K.R. 2008. Continuous flow microwave-assisted processing and aseptic packaging of purple-fleshed sweetpotato purees. Journal of Food Science. Vol. 73(9): E455-E462.

Coronel, P., Sandeep, K.P. 2008. Heat transfer coefficient in helical heat exchangers under turbulent flow conditions. International Journal of Food Engineering. Vol. 4(1): Article 4.

Jasrotia, A.K.S., Simunovic, J., Sandeep, K.P., Palazoglu, T.K., Swartzel, K.R. 2008. Design of conservative simulated particles for validation of a multiphase aseptic process. Journal of Food Science. Vol. 73(5): E193-E201.

Zhu, J., Kuznetsov, A.V., Sandeep, K.P. 2008. Investigation of a particulate flow containing spherical particles subjected to microwave heating. Heat and Mass Transfer. Vol. 44: 481-493.

Batmaz, E., Sandeep, K.P. 2008. Overall heat transfer coefficients and axial temperature distribution in a triple tube heat exchanger. Journal of Food Process Engineering. Vol. 31(2): 260-279.

Kumar, P., Coronel, P., Truong, V.D., Simunovic, J., Swartzel, K.R., Sandeep, K.P., Cartwright, G.D. 2008. Overcoming issues associated with the scale-up of a continuous flow microwave system for aseptic processing of vegetables purees. Food Research International. Vol. 41(5): 454-461.

Kumar, P., Coronel, P. Simunovic, J., Sandeep, K.P. 2007. Feasibility of aseptic processing of a low-acid multiphase food product (salsa con queso) using a continuous flow microwave system. Journal of Food Science. Vol. 72(3): E121-E124.

Brinley, T.A., Stam, C.N., Truong, V.D., Coronel, P., Kumar, P., Simunovic, J., Sandeep, K.P., Cartwright, G.D., Swartzel, K.R., Jaykus, L.A. 2007. Feasibility of utilizing bio-indicators for testing microbial inactivation in sweetpotato purees processed with a continuous flow microwave system. Journal of Food Science. Vol. 72(5): E235-E242.

Coronel, P., Truong, V.D., Simunovic, J., Sandeep, K.P. 2005. Aseptic processing of sweetpotato purees using a continuous flow microwave system. Journal of Food Science. Vol. 70(9): E531-E536.

Cheng, L., Kuznetsov, A.V., Sandeep, K.P. 2005. Mathematical modelling of two-phase non-Newtonian flow in a helical pipe. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids. Vol. 48(6): 649-670.

Zhong, Q., Sandeep, K.P., Swartzel, K.R. 2004. Continuous flow radio frequency heating of particulate foods. Journal of Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies. Vol. 5(4): 475-483.

Palazoglu, T.K., Sandeep, K.P. 2004. Effect of tube curvature ratio on the residence time distribution of multiple particles in helical tubes. Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft und-Technologie. Vol. 37(4): 387-393.