Randy Worobo Wins CALS Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research

November 16, 2016

Dean Kathryn J. Boor and Randy Worobo

On Monday, Nov. 7, Dean Kathryn J. Boor presented Randy Worobo with the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research. Worobo is a professor in the department of food science. He earned his Ph.D. in food microbiology at the University of Alberta in 1995 and joined Cornell University as a faculty member in 1997. Today, he is a leading expert on juice hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), having served on the advisory councils that created the curriculum for this national program.

He has developed multiple novel technologies to control foodborne pathogen and spoilage microorganisms, thereby increasing the safety of the international juice industry. In response to industry concerns with thermal processing, Worobo initiated research of a cost-effective, easy-to-maintain, non-thermal processing method for fruit juices that met the 5-log reduction safety requirement without ruining the taste. Because of his integrated and applied approach, a commercial scale unit, the CiderSure, was developed and within six months of initiating this project, the first UV processing unit designed specifically for fruit juice was in production. His research has led to the development of UV processing technology for the reduction of E. coli, Cryptosporidium parvum, as well as additional findings on juice quality, UV inactivation variability and modeling, and mycotoxin degradation kinetics.

The Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research recognizes exceptional research, including applied research that solves critical problems facing New York State, the region, or beyond, as well as foundational research that represents contributions to knowledge, understanding, and theory at the disciplinary level. Awardees have demonstrated effectiveness in integrating research and extension and applying scientific expertise to a need that has resulted in positive impacts on many people or over a large geographic area. Additionally, the winners are often recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly contributions through publication in disciplinary journals or awards from professional societies.

Worobo joined 12 other CALS faculty and staff who received awards that night in different categories that highlighted the best and brightest of CALS. Learn more about the winners here.