Hack-Youn Kim | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Research Award

Prof. Hack-Youn Kim | Agricultural and Biological Sciences | Best Research Award

Kongju National University | South Korea

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Early Academic Pursuits

Prof. Hack-Youn Kim embarked on his academic journey by earning a Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science and Biotechnology of Animal Resources from Konkuk University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This comprehensive education laid the foundation for his future endeavors in the realm of food science.

Professional Endeavors

Prof. Kim's professional journey commenced as an Assistant Professor at Kongju National University in Chungnam, Republic of Korea, where he delved into meat science, functional meat product development, and fermented meat product research. He later expanded his horizons as a Research Professor at the University of Hawaii, delving deeper into similar areas of expertise. Returning to Kongju National University, he progressed through the ranks from Associate Professor to Full Professor, solidifying his expertise and leadership in the field.

Contributions and Research Focus

Prof. Kim's research primarily revolves around meat science, functional meat products, and fermented meat products. His work focuses on understanding the physicochemical properties, sensory attributes, and microbiological aspects of various meat products, contributing to advancements in food technology and product development. His research has led to numerous publications in prestigious journals, shedding light on topics ranging from proteolysis in dry-cured ham to quality properties of meat emulsion systems.

Accolades and Recognition

Prof. Kim's contributions have garnered recognition, as evidenced by his publication in SCIE journals and his appointment as Vice Dean at Kongju National University. His dedication to education, research, and leadership has earned him esteem in the academic and scientific communities.

Impact and Influence

Prof. Kim's work has had a tangible impact on the field of food science, particularly in the domain of meat products. His research outcomes contribute to the development of innovative food technologies, ensuring the production of high-quality and nutritious meat products for consumers worldwide.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Prof. Kim's legacy lies in his substantial contributions to meat science and his mentorship of future generations of researchers. His continued dedication to advancing food science and biotechnology promises further breakthroughs in the field, shaping the future of meat production and consumption.

Notable Publications

Proteolysis of dry-cured ham according to the type and temperature of starter mixed with Debaryomyces hansenii and Penicillium nalgiovense 2024

Innovative texture-improving fermented sausages prepared by refining waste seawater: Physicochemical and histological properties 2023

Identification of Optimal Fermentation Temperature for Dry-Fermented Sausage Using Strains Isolated from Korean Fermented Foods 2023 (3)

Physicochemical property analysis of lyophilized fresh, wet-, and dry-aged beef powders: Application of dry-aged beef crust as a food additive 2023 (4)

 

 

Mr. Pouya Farshbaf Aghajani | Food Engineering |Best Researcher Award

Mr. Pouya Farshbaf Aghajani | Food Engineering |Best Researcher Award

University of Tehran | Iran

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Early Academic Pursuits

Pouya Farshbaf Aghajani began his academic journey at the University of Tabriz, excelling in Biosystem Mechanical Engineering, where he ranked fourth among his peers. His undergraduate thesis on the development and optimization of a Combined Ultrasound-Assisted Cultivation and Growing System of Chlorella vulgaris microalgae hinted at his early interest in sustainable resource development and innovative extraction technologies.

Professional Endeavors

Transitioning to the University of Tehran for his Master's in Mechanics of Biosystem Engineering, Pouya swiftly rose to the top, ranking first among his peers with a thesis that revolutionized the use of ultrasound in cultivating microalgae. His research experiences as a Research Assistant, particularly in designing advanced ultrasonic devices for frying, freezing, and cultivation, showcased his prowess in implementing cutting-edge technology in food processing.

Contributions and Research Focus

Pouya's contributions are evident in his publications exploring ultrasound's applications in enhancing frozen mushroom quality, improving oil extraction from microalgae for biofuel production, and even leveraging deep learning techniques for mushroom identification. His focus on sustainable resource development, food safety, and ultrasound technology within food processing reflects his commitment to advancing these domains.

Accolades and Recognition

His academic excellence has been repeatedly acknowledged, from securing scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate studies to ranking within the top percentiles in Iranian University Entrance Exams. Awards such as being ranked first in GPA among master's students and his research contributions that led to publications in prestigious journals underscore his recognition in the academic sphere.

Impact and Influence

Pouya's work in ultrasound-assisted technologies for food processing has already made a substantial impact. His research not only enhances food quality but also promotes more sustainable and efficient methods of resource utilization. By sharing his expertise and collaborating with esteemed professors, he's contributing to the advancement of biosystem engineering and food technology.

Legacy and Future Contributions

Pouya Farshbaf Aghajani's legacy lies in his pioneering work at the intersection of ultrasound technology and food processing. His dedication to sustainable practices and innovative techniques will likely inspire future researchers in the field. His ongoing research and collaborations are poised to further elevate the efficiency and sustainability of food production methods, leaving a lasting impact on the industry.

Notable Publications

The improvement of freezing time and functional quality of frozen mushrooms by application of probe-type power ultrasound 2023 (1)

Revolutionizing Mushroom Identification: Improving efficiency with ultrasound-assisted frozen sample analysis and deep learning techniques 2024