Sudhir Sastry

Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering

Dr. Sudhir Sastry is a professor in the Department of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering at The Ohio State University. He obtained his B.S. at the Indian Institute of Technology and his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Florida. He was on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University for seven years until joining Ohio State in 1987. His research interests include ohmic heating, aseptic, high pressure and pulsed electric field (PEF) processing, the influence of moderate electric fields on biological materials, and the safety of fresh produce. He has published over 170 papers, six patents, and a book on aseptic processing of particulate foods. Two other books are forthcoming in 2013. Dr. Sastry’s recent projects include one on food safety, wherein the safety assurance of products treated by ohmic, microwave, high pressure, and PEF processing were addressed. He has just completed a multi-institutional project on food processing as well as a project for NASA, where he and his colleagues developed new, reusable food packaging for NASA’s lunar and Mars missions. Dr. Sastry’s inventions include a new, environmentally friendly produce peeling process and a pH sensor that can be operated under extreme pressures.