Moreira named IFT fellow

Photo of Dr. Rosana MoreiraDr. Rosana Moreira, professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists.

The IFT fellow designation is an honor bestowed upon an IFT member by their peers, recognizing exemplary professionalism in the field of food science. In a given year, no more than 0.3 percent of the professional membership is eligible, and even fewer than that will earn this honor.

Moreira joined the Texas A&M faculty in September 1990 as a visiting professor. She is also assistant department head and for 10 years she served as the graduate coordinator of the biological and agricultural engineering department, which is jointly operated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M. Moreira has been working (30-percent time) as an ADVANCE administrative fellow in the provost’s office since 2012.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Campinas State University in Brazil, and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State University — all in agricultural engineering. Her expertise is in fundamental modeling and automatic control of food-processing systems, food dehydration (impingement drying), extrusion, deep-fat frying (vacuum frying), biomass pretreatment for bioenergy, and food irradiation (Monte Carlo and dose distribution).

Moreira is a member of IFT and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. She is a registered professional engineer in Texas.

For more than 70 years, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) has been unlocking the potential of the food science community by creating a dynamic global forum where members from more than 100 countries can share, learn and grow. IFT has helped the members of this community connect both in person, through scientific and technical education venues and forums, such as the world’s largest annual food expo, and virtually, through publications and other resources. By serving as a leading advocate for food science and a catalyst for change around the world, IFT has educated the media and policy makers and worked with governments to shape regulations.