Dr. Franco PEDRESCHI PLASENCIA
Dr. Franco Pedreschi Plasencia graduated from Fisheries Engineer in the year 1994, at the Universidad Agraria La Molina (Lima, Peru). Then he traveled to Chile in February 1994 to start his studies in the Master of Engineering Sciences of the Catholic University of Chile and obtained the corresponding degree in 1996. Later he completed his studies to achieve the degree of Doctor of Science Engineering at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in 2000. Finally, in September 2000 he started his post-doctorate in the Department of Food Engineering at the University of Lund (Lund, Sweden) for almost a year. In October 2001, he was hired as Associate Researcher at the University of Santiago de Chile (USACH) being categorized by my educational background as Assistant Professor. His academic activity began in 2001 as Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at USACH. Later in 2008, he was appointed as Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology at USACH. In March 2009 he started working as part-time Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Bioprocess (DIQB) of the PUC of Chile as a result of having a vacancy of excellence awarded in 2008. In August of 2009, he joined as an Associate Professor of plant full time to DIQB at PUC of Chile. Last year he got the Titular Professor Position and has been the Head of DIQB of PUC since 2010. Currently, he is also the Director of the CeTA Program (Technological Chilean Program for Food Innovation http://www.cetalimentos.cl/). Throughout his academic career, his research has been clearly divided into three lines: (i) Microstructure and physical properties of foods; (ii) Application of computer vision for objective quantification of food quality; (iii) Generation and mitigation of neo-pollutant formed by high temperature processing of starchy foods. The result of his scientific research is reflected in 75 ISI publications, an h index of 26, cited reference amount of 2039 and average citations per article of 27,93. He have also been the editor together with Zuzana Ciesarova of a book related to chemical food safety. He has written 18 book chapters on issues related to his research in prestigious international publishers. He has attended more than 60 conferences, seminars and national and international conferences in order to present to the scientific community the results of his research. Finally, he has been elected to the Committee of the Scientific Version of Nestlé Henri Prize in the years 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Also, he has been elected member of the Organizing Committee of the International Congress on Food and Engineering (ICEF 10) in Vina del Mar, Chile in April 2008. Finally, he was also elected as a member of the committee and in charge of structuring a session in Food Engineering at the Inter-Chemical Engineering Congress held in Santiago de Chile in November 2011, which was attended by the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1996, Sir Harry Kroto. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the following scientific journals: "Journal of Food Processing" and "Chilean Journal of Nutrition."