About the Division
The Engineering and Processing Division was formed in 1990 for members who have an interest in Engineering and Processing.
Mission of the Engineering & Processing Division
- Represent AACCI members who have an interest in the application of engineering and processing principles in cereal science.
- Provide educational opportunities to enhance cereal science via engineering and processing principles.
- Provide avenues of communication between AACCI and engineering societies.
- Encourage closer cooperation and communication.
What does the Engineering & Processing Division Do?
- The division presents a symposium at the AACCI Annual Meeting where invited engineers speak on pertinent topics and current issues relating to engineering. The division sponsored its first symposium in 1991.
- Various awards are sponsored to recognize scientists and students working in the area of engineering and processing.
The Stanley Watson Award
Established in 2001, the Stanley Watson Award is named in honor of an early corn wet-milling pioneer who started his research at the USDA during the early 1940s. Watson made substantial contributions in the improvement of the wet-milling process. The award recognizes outstanding AACCI members who, through the application of engineering principles, have made significant contributions in the area of cereal/grain processing. The award carries $1000 towards the AACCI Annual Meeting travel and a lecture presentation to be delivered at the meeting. The winner will also be presented with a plaque.
Nominations are due April 15 each year and must include:
(1) Name of Nominee
(3) Complete Address and Contact Information
(4) Area of Research
(5) a Nominating Statement detailing the nominee's significant contributions in the area of cereal/grain processing
via application of engineering principles
(6) Name of the Nominator
Self-nominations are accepted!
Please send your nomination to the Chair of the AACCI Engineering & Processing Division by April 15 each year.
Past Award Recipients:
2001: Stanley Watson
2003: Do Sup Chung
2008: Rolando Flores
2010: James D. Wideman
2012: Syed Rizvi
Best Student Paper Award
The Engineering and Processing Division sponsors a Best Student Paper Competition during the AACCI Annual Meeting. Students should submit annual meeting abstracts by the April 15th deadline and mark the appropriate check-box (E&P Division student paper competition) to be considered. Abstracts will be screened and 3 finalists selected who will be judged during their presentation (oral/ poster) in conference. The winner will receive an award of $500. Finalists are required to attend the Division luncheon at the AACCI Annual Meeting. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony at the AACCI Annual Meeting.
First Place: Sravanthi Budaraju, University of Minnesota, "Optimization of process variables for the microwave assisted extraction of phenolic compounds from barley malt rootlets - a low value by product from brewing industry"
First Place: Sangeeta Mukhopadhyay, University of Arkansas, “Experimental simulation of cross-flow rice drying: effect of tempering approaches on milling yields".
First Place: Laura Roman from University of Valladolid in Spain, "Multi-scale starch dissembling masks the effect of a highly branched structure on the digestion rate of extruded flour"
First place: Ana Steen from Purdue University, "New insights into processing conditions for formation of soft, food-based, nanoparticle delivery systems"
Second place: Ryan Kowalski from Washington State University, "Rheoligical stability of waxy wheat flour and its potential as a unique freeze-thaw stable ingredient"
Third place: Hisfazilah Saari from Lund University, "The influence of size, shape and hydrophobicity of starch for Pickering emulsion stabilization"
2014 recipient: Sangeeta Mukhopadhyay from the University of Arkansas, "Impact of Rapid Moisture Adsorption on Rice Milling Yields”
2013 recipient: Pavan Harshit Manepalli, Kansas State University, Mathematical modeling of flow behavior
and cell structure formation during extrusion
Past Division Chairs
- 1991-92 Steve Eckhoff
- 1992-93 Ken Hsu
- 1993-94 Jim Steele
- 1994-95 Curt Weller
- 1995-96 Stephen Binder
- 1996-97 Rolando Flores
- 1997-98 Gene Fox
- 1998-99 Kent Rausch
- 1999-2000 Yujie Wang
- 2000-01 Barmack Rassi
- 2001-02 Vijay Singh
- 2002-03 Stephen Delwiche
- 2003-04 Dean Creighton
- 2004-05 Wesley Twombly
- 2005-06 Tom Pearson
- 2006-07Jorge Morales
- 2007-08 Girish Ganjyal
- 2008-09 Hulya Dogan
- 2009-10 Sajid Alavi
- 2010-11 Rohit Jalali
- 2011-12 Buddhi Lamsal
- 2012-13 Heather Maskus
- 2013-14 Sathya Kalambur
- 2014-2015 Supriya Varma
- 2015-2016 Dilek Uzunalioglu
- 2016-2017 Sandeep Bhatnagar
How do I become a Member?
Division dues are $15 for regular members and $5 for students per calendar year. They are collected along with the AACCI membership dues. If you are not currently a member of the division and would like to join, contact AACCI Headquarters here.
Engineering and Process Division Bylaws