The Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences has seven pilot plants dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in specific commodity and general discipline areas. Schaub Hall houses pilot plants for aseptic processing and packaging, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, high viscosity/particulates, meats, seafood and visual imagery. Click here to see inside the plant. The North Carolina State University CMAST facility located in Morehead City houses a pilot plant dedicated to seafood. In addition, the Department collaborates with the new NC State Plants for Human Health Institute located in Kannapolis, NC.
Our pilot plant operation supports teaching, research and extension activities in the Food Science area. Multiple research projects in flavor, nutrition, engineering, chemistry, and food safety are actively ongoing. Many courses in our Undergraduate and Graduate programs utilize the departmental pilot plants to demonstrate process fundamentals in lectures while providing real-world experience in laboratories. Extension sponsored short courses are greatly enhanced by the in-house production equipment and facilities.
Classrooms & Laboratories
Our classroom in Schaub 105 is fully equipped with a Mediasite lecture recording system, a SMART board, document camera, confidence monitors, and a white board. We are currently in the process of enhancing and adding to our classrooms and teaching laboratories. This will allow us to hold large group training sessions and teach in GMP facilities. We plan to integrate the latest teaching technologies such as HD video recording and interactive SMART boards into these classrooms.