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Department of Food Science and Technology


Ahmed Yousef named a CFAES Distinguished Professor

Dec. 11, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Ahmed Yousef who has been named a 2020 CFAES Distinguished Professor.

Since joining OSU in 1991, Dr. Yousef’s research includes searching for natural alternatives to currently used synthetic food preservatives. His team has discovered potent antimicrobial agents produced by beneficial bacteria; both the agents and bacteria are suitable for applications in food preservation. Since the late 1990s, Dr. Yousef and his research team have worked to develop methods to pasteurize shell eggs and to decontaminate fresh produce while maintaining products’ fresh qualities. This research has resulted in Dr. Yousef establishing the largest ozone research laboratory in the U.S. here at Ohio State.

Currently, the department has two CFAES Distinguished Professors – Dr. Ahmed Yousef and Dr. Devin Peterson.

About the CFAES Distinguished Professor:

The title of Distinguished Professor of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences honors colleagues at the rank of Professor who have excelled in teaching, research, or outreach/engagement, and whose work has demonstrated significant impact on their fields, students, CFAES, and University, and/or the public. It is essential that such professorships are reserved for the most distinguished faculty. Therefore, no more than 10% of the total number of those holding the rank of Professor in CFAES may hold this title at any one time.

To be eligible, Professors must not already hold a titled position, such as Eminent Scholar, Distinguished University Professor, or an endowed chair or professorship, and will have generally served in rank for at least five years at Ohio State or a peer university. Eligible Professors must be active and respected scholars in their field of specialization, with records of sustained and significant productivity throughout their careers, including the years at full rank. They also must have a record of excellence in teaching and outstanding service to their TIUs, CFAES, University, profession, and/or the community. In evaluating and prioritizing these areas, reviewers will keep in mind the diversity of faculty activities across CFAES as well as the trajectory of individual faculty members’ careers and the areas in which they have focused their efforts.