Dr. Josip Simunovic has been honored with a food processing institute’s highest award for career contributions.
Simunovic, a research associate professor in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, received the Marvin A. Tung Achievement Award from the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists.
He is part of a faculty team that designed, developed and commercialized continuous flow microwave food processing, a method that heats material being processed more quickly and uniformly. Foods processed using continuous flow microwave technology may be stored for long periods without refrigeration.
The team’s work has resulted in nine U.S. and more than 30 international patents, while six U.S. patent applications are pending. The method, which is being used at several North Carolina locations, is recognized as one of the leading advanced thermal processing technologies in the world.