Fodstrukture 2013

Professor Da-Wen Sun

Born in Southern China, Professor Da-Wen Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education; he is a Member of Royal Irish Academy which is the highest academic honour in Ireland, he is also a member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe) and a Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology. His main research activities include cooling, drying and refrigeration processes and systems, quality and safety of food products, bioprocess simulation and optimisation, and computer vision technology. Especially, his many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of computer vision, computational fluid dynamics modelling, vacuum cooling, etc. Results of his work have been published in about 600 papers including over 250 peer-reviewed journal papers (Web of Science h-index = 40; Google Scholar h-index = 46). He has also edited 13 authoritative books. According to Thomson Reuters's Essential Science IndicatorsSM updated as of 1 July 2010, based on data derived over a period of ten years plus four-month (1 January 2000 - 30 April 2010) from ISI Web of Science, a total of 2,554 scientists are among the top one percent of the most cited scientists in the category of Agriculture Sciences, and Professor Sun tops the list with his ranking of 31.

He received a first class BSc Honours and MSc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in China before working in various universities in Europe. He became the first Chinese national to be permanently employed in an Irish University when he was appointed College Lecturer at National University of Ireland, Dublin (University College Dublin) in 1995, and was then continuously promoted in the shortest possible time to Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor and Full Professor. Dr Sun is now Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering and Director of the Food Refrigeration and Computerised Food Technology Research Group at University College Dublin (UCD).

As a leading educator in food engineering, Professor Sun has significantly contributed to the field of food engineering. He has trained many PhD students, who have made their own contributions to the industry and academia. He has also given lectures on advances in food engineering on a regular basis in academic institutions internationally and delivered keynote speeches at international conferences. As a recognised authority in food engineering, he has been conferred adjunct/ visiting/ consulting professorships from ten top universities in China including Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Harbin Institute of Technology, China Agricultural University, South China University of Technology, Jiangnan University and so on. In recognition of his significant contribution to Food Engineering worldwide and for his outstanding leadership in the field, the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) awarded him the `CIGR Merit Award` in 2000 and again in 2006, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) based in the UK named him `Food Engineer of the Year 2004`, in 2008 he was awarded `CIGR Recognition Award` in honour of his distinguished achievements as the top one percent of Agricultural Engineering scientists in the world. In 2007 he was presented with the only `AFST(I) Fellow Award` in that year by the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), and in 2010 he was presented with `CIGR Fellow Award`, the title of Fellow is the highest honour in CIGR, and is conferred to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions worldwide.

He is a Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers and a Fellow of Engineers Ireland (the Institution of Engineers of Ireland). He has also received numerous awards for teaching and research excellence, including the President's Research Fellowship, and has twice received the President's Research Award of University College Dublin. He is Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology - an International Journal (Springer) (2011 Impact Factor = 3.703, ranked at the 4th position among 128 ISI-listed food science and technology journals), Series Editor of `Contemporary Food Engineering` book series (CRC Press / Taylor & Francis), former Editor of Journal of Food Engineering (Elsevier), and Editorial Board Member for a number of international journals including Journal of Food Process Engineering, Sensing and Instrumentation for Food Quality and Safety, Polish Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences, etc. He is also a Chartered Engineer.

On 28 May 2010, he was awarded membership of the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), which is the highest honour that can be attained by scholars and scientists working in Ireland; and at the 51st CIGR General Assembly held during the CIGR World Congress in Quebec City, Canada on 13-17 June 2010, he was elected Incoming President of CIGR, and will become CIGR President in 2013-2014 - the term of his CIGR presidency is six years, two years each for serving as Incoming President, President, and Past President. On 20 September 2011, he was elected to Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), which is functioning as European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences and is one of the most prestigious academies in the world, election to the Academia Europaea represents the highest academic distinction.

Citation Report
Results (as of 30 December 2012) in ISI Web of Science for journal papers published by Professor Sun [search terms: Author=(Sun DW) AND Address=(Dublin OR Belfast OR Newcastle OR Sheffield OR Guangzhou)] are as follows:
- Results found: 248
- Sum of the Times Cited: 4755
- Sum of Times cited without self-citations: 3738
- Average Citations per Item: 19.17
- h-index: 40