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Food Science Product Development

View more about the facilities provided to teach the process of creating, processing, and commercializing a new food product.
Food Science students work in the Lab in the STC.
Product Development
Product development facilities consist of both a traditional bench top product development work space and a production-scale kitchen. In each of these adjacent spaces, there are flexible utility adapter stations equipped with natural gas hook-ups and variable electric power options, allowing larger scale equipment (ovens, fryers, mixers, soft-serve machine, etc.) to be moved in and out of these spaces according to project needs.

The combined spaces are used for instructional purposes (Intro to Food Science/Product Development courses) and can accommodate 24-36 students depending on nature of the activity. View our photo gallery to see more photos of our facilities and product development.

Featured Facilities

Bench top Product Development Space
Three 18' work benches, portable induction burners (12), residential convection ovens (6), commercial double-stack convection oven (gas), dough proofer.
Production-Scale Kitchen
Commercial gas ranges/ovens (30 burners, 8 full-size ovens), convection oven (electric) with steam injection, char-broiler (gas), flat-top stainless steel griddle (gas), commercial fryer (gas), portable stainless steel tables (6).
Ware-Washing area
A ware washing room, equipped with a four-compartment sink and high-temperature commercial dishwasher, is accessible from both work spaces.
Miscellaneous shared equipment
Commercial refrigerator and freezer units, adjacent walk-in freezer and refrigerator, Robot Coupe food processors, Kitchen-Aide bench top commercial mixers, hand-held immersion blenders, commercial blenders, assorted cookware.
Food Science Education
Intro to Food Science class.
Food Science Lab
Students prepare food for taste testing in the Food Science Lab. This new major teaches students the science behind everyday foods.