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About Purdue Food Science


 Who we are


The Department of Food Science in an academic department within the College of Agriculture at Purdue University located on the main campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. We are committed to impacting the world food system and quality of life by educating and training undergraduate and graduate students for careers in industry, government, and academia. We are comprised of 20 faculty, 20 staff, ~ 180 undergraduate bachelor's degree seeking students, and ~80 graduate students seeking a master's or Ph.D. degree.

Our Vision

To be the global leader in transformation of lives through the science of food.

Our Mission

We engage in discovery-driven activities, leading to innovative learning and outreach that:

- Enhance health, safety, quality, and sustainability of foods;

- Prepare the next generation of leaders in food science; and

- Address stakeholder needs.

Our faculty, staff, and students are located on Purdue University’s main campus in the Philip E. Nelson Hall of Food Science (campus map abbreviation NLSN), 745 Agriculture Mall Drive, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907. This building provides excellent research laboratories, as well as specialized facilities such as the sensory evaluation laboratory, pilot scale-manufacturing plant, student product development and innovation laboratory, and enology library for us to engage with the food and beverage industry and government partners.


Dr. Brian Farkas serves as our Department Head. 

Main office telephone: +1.765.494.8256

FAX:  +1.765.494.7953

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