Sandeep Named FBNS Department Head at NC State

K.P. Sandeep, a thermal processing expert, is head of NC State's Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences

Dr. K.P. Sandeep has officially been named head of NC State University’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Dr. Richard Linton announced the appointment this week.

Sandeep has served as interim department head since June 2017 and succeeds Dr. Chris Daubert, who is now vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

Sandeep held the position of associate department head for five years, in addition to his work as research leader and professor. He is also site director of the Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies at NC State, a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center.

Linton noted that Sandeep has been instrumental in helping advance the North Carolina Food Manufacturing Initiative, a partnership of the college, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the N.C. Department of Commerce and the N.C. Research Campus. The centerpiece of the initiative is a food processing and innovation center being planned in Kannapolis.

Sandeep is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur, India. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural and biological engineering from Pennsylvania State University. His research is related to thermal processing of foods, and he has taught courses on food engineering, thermal processing of foods, and food packaging. He has been a CALS faculty member since 1997.

Sandeep said he’s excited about the opportunity to lead the department forward with the support and commitment of its outstanding team of faculty, staff and students. “The strength of the department lies in its people and that the family atmosphere prevalent in the department makes it a great place to work,” he added.

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