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Kevin M Keener

Department of Food Sciences 

  • Professor of Food Sci & Ag & Bio Engr
765.494.6648

Agricultural & Biological Engineering 

  • Professor of Food Sci & Ag & Bio Engr
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Courtesy Professor Ag & Bio Engr
  • Courtesy Assoc Professor Ag & Bio Engr

Education
B.S., M.S. (Agricultural Engineering), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 
Ph.D. (Food Process Engineering), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Research
Development of non-invasive quality measurement techniques and novel food processing technologies Specific research projects include the following:
  • Development of NMR and MRI methods for food processing 
  • Development of food applications for radiant frying technology 
  • Development of food applications for nonthermal plasma technology 
  • Characterization of antimicrobial activity in shell eggs with carbon dioxide treatment

Teaching
3-credit computer based Food Sanitation Course

Extension
  • Provide food entrepreneur workshops and technical assistance 
  • Provide HACCP and sanitation workshops for food companies 
  • Respond to inquiries on food processing and food regulations

Industrial
  • Provide technical assistance to food companies on commercialization of new technologies 
  • Provide expert witness testimony in legal cases

International
Non-government adviser to USDA-FSIS Codex Committee on Meat and Poultry Hygiene -- Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Program

Technical Consultant to Produkty Pitania (Russian poultry company)

Awards & Honors

(2014) Dinstinguished Fulbright Professor Fellowship. Fulbright Foundation.

(2012) College of Agriculture - Dean's Team Award. Purdue University - College of Agriculture.

(2012) Research Fellow. Dublin Institute of Technology.

(2011) Finalist (1 of 5) - Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award. Christopher Columbus Foundation.

(2010) Finalist (1 of 5) - Distinguished Agriscience Scientist Award. Christopher Columbus Foundation.

(2010) Macy Food Science and Technology Award. Institute of Food Technologists - Minnesota Section.

(2009) Sharvelle Award. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

(2007) College of Agriculture Dean's Team Award. Purdue University.

(2007) Nolan Mitchel Young Extension Worker Award. Amercian Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

(2006) Team Award-New Ventures Team. Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialist Association.

Patents

Keener, K. M., & Klockow, P. A. (2010). Non-equilibrium Plasma Generation in a Sealed Package. U.S. Patent No. U.S. Patent Application 64796. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Keener, K. M. (2005). Use of CO2 Cooling in Treatment of Poultry Eggs. U.S. Patent No. European Patent # 1102542. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Keener, K. M.. Use of CO2 Cooling in Treatment of Poultry Eggs. U.S. Patent No. Under Review Canadian Patent Application No. 2,339. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Selected Publications

Misra, N. N., Patil, S., Moiseev, T., Bourke, P., Mosnier, J. P., Keener, K. M., & Cullen, P. J. (2014). In-package atmospheric pressure cold plasma treatment of strawberries. Journal of Food Engineering, (125), 131-8.

Moiseev, T., Misra, N. N., Patil, S., Cullen, P. J., Bourke, P., Keener, K. M., & Mosnier, J. P. (in press). Post-discharge gas composition of a large-gap DBD in humid air by UV–Vis absorption spectroscopy. Plasma Sources Science and Technology, (issue 6), 10. Retrieved from http://iopscience.iop.org/0963-0252/23/6/065033/pdf/0963-0252_23_6_065033.pdf

Pankaj, S. K., Bueno-Ferrer, C., Misra, N. N., Milosavljevic, V., O'Donnell, C. P., Bourke, P., . . . Cullen, P. J. (2014). Applications of cold plasma technology in food packaging. Trends in Food Science and Technology.

Keener, K. M. (2013). Food Regulations. In Handbook of Agricultural and Farm Machinery 2nd Edition. Norwich, NY: Springer /William Andrew Publishing.

Zuizana, D., Patil, S., Keener, K. M., Cullen, P. J., & Bourke, P. (2013). Atmospheric Cold Plasma Inactivation of Escherichia coli in Liquid Media inside a Sealed Package. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 114(3), 778-87.

Misra, N. N., Patil, S., Moiseev, T., Bourke, P., Mosnier, J. P., Keener, K. M., & Cullen, P. J. (in press). In-package atmospheric pressure cold plasma treatment of strawberries. Journal of Food Engineering, (125), 131-8.

Connelly, J., Valdramidis, V. P., Byrne, E., Karatzas, K. A., Cullen, P. J., Keener, K. M., & Mosnier, J. P. (2013). Characterization and antimicrobial efficacy against E. coli of a helium/air plasma at atmospheric pressure created in a plastic package.. Journal of Physics D, (46), 35401-35413.

Nelson, L. V., Keener, K. M., Kaczay, K. R., Banerjee, P., Jensen, J. L., & Liceaga, A. (2013). Comparison of the FryLess 100K Radiant Fryer to Oil Immersion Frying. LWT-Swiss Food Science and Technology, 53(2), 473-9.

Misra, N. N., Zuizana, D., Cullen, P. J., & Keener, K. M. (2013). Characterization of a novel atmospheric air cold plasma system for treatment of packaged biomaterials. Transactions of the ASABE 56 (3),, 56(3), 1011-16.

Pankaj, S. K., Bueno-Ferrer, C., Misra, N. N., Milosavljevic, V., O'Donnell, C. P., Bourke, P., . . . Cullen, P. J. (in press). Applications of cold plasma technology in food packaging. Trends in Food Science and Technology.