Professor, Biological and Environmental Engineering
Ashim Datta is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. He is interested in the physics of food processes; in particular, how increased efficiency and competitiveness in food production, processing, and equipment design can be obtained from physics-based models of food quality and safety.
University of Florida
Master of Science
University of Illinois
Indian Institute of Technology
Professor Datta’s research group develops mechanistic understanding of process, quality and safety for complex food processes, under various heating modes (such as microwave and infrared), with a goal to improve food safety and quality. Instead of focusing on any one process or product, his group’s aim is in developing frameworks that are useful for many food products and processes. A fundamentals-based approach is pursued that includes multiphase and multicomponent porous media, multiscale and multiphysics.
Awards & Honors
International Association of Engineering and Food (IAEF) Lifetime Achievement Award (2019)
American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Excellence in Teaching Materials and Methods Award of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Division (2019)
Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Cornell University (2014)
Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists (2013)
Professor Datta teaches students fundamental engineering concepts and problem solving abilities, using transport processes as a vehicle. He teaches two coordinated courses; the first addresses the basics of energy and mass transport, followed by a more advanced application of transport to real-life biomedical processes. The second course is project-based, using research-grade computational software, and taught in the context of design. A recently developed third course on digital food physics introduces mechanistic, model-based understanding and digital tools in design of food products and processes.
His courses include:
- BEE 3500/5500 Heat and Mass Transfer in Biological Engineering
- BEE/MAE 4530/5530 Computer-Aided Engineering: Applications to Biological Processes
- BEE 4630/6630 Digital Food Physics and Engineering
208 Riley-Robb Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
akd1 [at] cornell.edu
Ashim in the news
Researchers created a new technique to treat Type 1 diabetes: implanting a device inside a pocket under the skin that can secrete insulin while avoiding the immunosuppression that typically stymies management of the disease.
- Biological and Environmental Engineering