Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Study Program

חברת סגל בפקולטה לביוטכנולוגיה ומזון מדגימה את תוצאת הניסוי שלה

Studies in Biotechnology and Food Engineering are intended for students who seek an engineering-technological education combined with areas of the life sciences such as biology and food sciences. The study program extends over four years. The Faculty offers two main specialization programs, one in food engineering and one in biotechnology engineering. No matter which specialization is chosen by the student, the degree is one combined degree. Thus, graduates of either of the two specialization programs virtually hold two titles in one degree.

During the first three semesters the students primarily study core courses, which provide them with the mathematics- and physics-fundamentals required for an engineering education. In the buliding of biotechnology and food engineeringaddition, students take chemistry courses, which provide an essential foundation for subsequent courses. Special emphasis is placed on the biological/biotechnological background of the student. Hence, all students are required to take basic courses in biology that are fundamental to modern biotechnology which include: Introduction to Biotechnology, Introduction to Cell Biology and Biochemistry.

Mandatory courses

Mandatory courses in Biotechnology and Food Engineering are offered in three major categories:

1. Biotechnology

Microbiology | Process Biotechnology | Molecular Biotechnology (Genetic Engineering) Engineering and Technology.

2. Principles of Food and Biotechnology Engineering

Structure and Properties of Foods and Biological Materials | Thermodynamics | Packaging Engineering | Food Plant Design.

3. Biochemistry and Nutrition

Biochemistry | Chemistry and Analysis of Foods | Nutrition | Nanotechnology in Food.

Areas of Specialization

During the last stage of their studies, students select courses related to one of the two specialization programs:

1. Specialization program in Biotechnology Engineering 

The mandatory courses are: Biotechnology Laboratory | Downstream Processing in Biotechnology | Basic Immunology | as well as a minimum of five elective credits from a selected list. The students are also offered a research project.

A student specializing in this program takes about 50 credits in biology/biotechnology.

This illustrates the emphasis that the Faculty places on a comprehensive education in the life sciences.

2. Specialization Program in Food Engineering 

סטודנטית במהלך ניסוי בפקולטה להנדסת ביו-טכנולוגיה ומזון

In this study program the students acquire a broadened education in food science and engineering. The mandatory courses are: Packaging of Foods and Drugs | Shelf Life of Foods and Drugs | Standards and Standardization Systems | Water and Waste-Water Treatment | and a minimum of five credits from a selected list. In addition, students are offered a research or design project.

Additional Undergraduate Degree

Students of the Faculty have the opportunity to study in an integrated biotechnology and food engineering and Biology program. leading to an additional three-year undergraduate degree in biology. They also have the opportunity of studying in an integrated biotechnology and food engineering and Chemistry program - leading to an additional three-year undergraduate degree in chemistry.

Graduates' ExperienceItay Dana, Biotechnology and Food Engineering graduate

Hello. My name is Itai Dana and I graduated from the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering.

My interest in the field of biotechnology began as a young boy when I visited the “Gilat Research Center,” where my father worked. There I was exposed to the wonders of science, different agricultural and genetic experiments, and experiments that attempted to adapts strains of fruits and vegetables from around the world to the Mediterranean climate. Later on, I encountered the fields of science when I took part in a science project as part of the “Business Entrepreneurship” program where we were involved in marketing “edible paper” (for printing on cakes), the product of development in the Ofakim “technological incubator”. Already then, the simplicity with which science permeates our daily lives and makes life so much easier captivated me.

After my military service I spent a lot of time considering what I should study. I knew that I wanted to learn a range of fields in science and I wanted to choose a profession that, on the one hand, would be practical, and on the other hand, would fascinate and enrich me. After making some inquiries, I understood that Biotechnology Engineering was what I was looking for, and after further investigation, I came to the conclusion that the best place to study was at the Technion, in the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering.

My studies in the faculty exposed me to a world rich in fascinating content. They constituted a world replete with concepts that very quickly became assimilated into my day-to-day conversations. Studies were intensive and included classes in core science subjects (chemistry, physics and biology) and demanding study of the fields of biotechnology and food engineering. My studies at the Technion prepared me for the workforce and for research, and provided me with tools for critical thinking, examination and design of processes, and sharpened by independent learning skills.

Throughout the course of my studies I worked: as a lecture in the field of biotechnology for “Science Enrichment for Youth” classes, as a social counselor for the Jewish Agency’s student administration (helping to absorb new immigrants in the educational system) and I even participated in a student exchange for work purposes project run by I.A.E.S.T.E., during which I flew to Germany and worked in developing and testing an advanced filtration system for milk, at a division of the University of Munich. In addition, I was a member of the ISEF Foundation, which works to reduce the gaps in Israeli society in the fields of higher education.

Today I work for Galam, a leader in production and marketing of different starches and sugars for industry in Israel and around the globe. In my position I work as a food engineer in the development faculty in the area of applications in international markets. This job includes meetings with clients all over the world and providing assistance in the area of technological development of food products and new beverages. I consult and assist in introducing innovations and advanced materials to the industry.

My studies in the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion are the best choice I made professionally. The faculty encourages inquisitiveness, excellence and ambitiousness and helps every student that faces academic and personal difficulties. For me, I found a welcoming home both as a student and today, as an alumnus.

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