V.M. (Bala) Balasubramaniam 2012 IFT Fellows

VM Balasubramaniam 
V.M. (Bala) Balasubramaniam
, Professor of Food Engineering, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University, was honored for his contribution to the advancement of various alternative thermal and nonthermal processing technologies.

His lab pioneered innovative research on pressure-assisted thermal processing. His research accomplishments in the fields of advanced thermal and nonthermal processes have resulted in major advances in knowledge and practice in these fields. At Ohio State, Balasubramaniam teaches the undergraduate Introduction to Food Processing and upper level Principles of Food Processing courses as well as supervising research of numerous M.S. and Ph.D. students. His research has been recognized with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center's Distinguished Research Faculty Award in 2011, and with Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture at Ohio State University's Research "Award of Merit" in 2008. Since joining IFT in 1990, Balasubramaniam has contributed to IFT divisions, committees, and sections, helping to organize or present symposia and oral sessions. Currently, he is serving as the Chair of the IFT Food Processing and Packaging Subpanel. He also serves as the Past Chair of Nonthermal Processing Division. He has received many awards, including the IFT Nonthermal Processing Division Member of the Year Award. He also served the Ohio Valley IFT section executive committee as member-at-large.