Erich J. Windhab
Erich J. Windhab has been Full Professor of Food Process Engineering in IFNH at the ETH, Zürich since 1992
In 1985, Windhab was invited by the government of Lower Saxony, Germany and the Volkswagen Foundation, to establish the scientific structure of the German Institute of Food Technology (DIL) in Quakenbrück /Osnabrück, an industrial research institute. Two years later in 1987 he was promoted to vice director of DIL. He served for five years in this position. From 1988 to 1992, Windhab lectured in Fluid Dynamics II / Rheology at the Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Process Automation at the Technical University in Munich/Weihenstephan, Germany. In 1992 where he was offered the position of a Full Professor in Food Process Engineering at ETH, Zürich.
Windhab has published more than 220 peer-reviewed publications and holds more than 70 patents resulting from his work. Windhab has also been granted numerous awards, most recently including the European Food Tec award (together with Bühler AG, 2003), the International Nestlé Innovation Award (2005), and the prestigious Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences (2004).
In detail, he connects the domains of (i) Food process engineering particularly including Functional Microstructure Engineering and Gastro-Intestinal Engineering, there dealing with aspects of fluid dynamics, flow simulation, heat and mass transfer, process-induced multi-scale structuring kinetics as well as process design, optimization and scaling from microfluidics to industrial production scale and of (ii) Food material Science, with specific focus rheology, powder mechanics and interfacial physics.