The Department of Food Science and Technology facilities are housed in the Food Science and Technology Building (FST) and in the newly constructed Human and Agriculture Biosciences Building 1 (HABB1). HABB1 has 93,500 square-feet of pilot plants, research laboratory and support facilities focused on a wide range of microbiological and biochemical research including food safety, food packaging and processing, flavor chemistry, and sensory analysis. Flexible high-bay pilot plant research facilities for use in the development of scale-up operations and process/packaging engineering systems are located on the first floor; easily accessible from the service area.
New research laboratories occupy HABB1’s top floor, with shared equipment and laboratory support spaces consolidated in the core of the building. The second floor also contains a Sensory/Flavor Testing suite incorporating individualized taste panels booths, a preparation kitchen, and a focus group room. The suite is equipped with observational cameras — including in each booth — for qualitative studies as well as studying emotions to food and packaging using automated facial expression analysis software. The taste panel booths and the sensory group debrief conference room are equipped with facial recognition capabilities.