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Ken Swartzel

William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Emeritus

Area(s) of Expertise

Food Engineering: Reaction Kinetics, Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow with Specialty research efforts resulting in over 125 publications, 223 presentations, 25 U.S. and numerous Foreign Patents, numerous domestic and foreign patents applications pending, 16 M.S. and 15 Ph.D. programs completed, as chair or co-chair, provided training/mentoring for 16 postdocs/visiting professors, been PI or Co-PI for over $26 million in outside research support (plus over $5.5 million in equipment donations to N.C. State University). Founded or Co-founded two NSF research centers, two Master Research Agreements, and one Kellogg/APLU national leadership Institute (Food System Leadership Institute, FSLI). Royalties to N.C. State University from licensed patents from Dr. Swartzel’s lab have exceeded $23 million, with 8 start-up companies all founded in North Carolina.

Professional Memberships

  • Institute of Food Technologists
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • International Association of Food Protection
  • Research and Development Associates for Military Food and Packaging Systems, Inc. (Institutional member)
  • Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists
  • Carolinas Association of Food Protection
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Xi
  • Phi Tau Sigma
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers


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Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University (1979)
M.S., Food Science, North Carolina State University (1974)
B.S., Food Science, North Carolina State University (1970)