News Archive 2017

UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun Elected as a Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences

Wednesday, 20 December, 2017 

Professor Da-Wen Sun.

Professor Da-Wen Sun.

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD Professor of Food and Biosystems Engineering in the UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, has been elected as a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Polska Akademia Nauk, PAN). This is the highest honour bestowed by the Polish government. Professor Sun has been elected on the basis of his exceptional contributions to the development of agricultural and food engineering in Poland, and his extensive research collaborations with Polish scientists.

Founded in 1952, the Polish Academy of Sciences is the most significant scientific institution in Poland with roots dating back to 1800 when the Warsaw Learned Society was established. The Academy also has a strong influence as a scientific advisory body and oversees 79 scientific institutions and manages one third of the national budget for science. The academy is composed of national and foreign members, who are appointed for life. Membership to PAN is limited to just 350 scientists and engineers.

Professor Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education. His many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of computer vision,  hyperspectral imaging, computational fluid dynamics modelling, vacuum cooling, and more. Results of his work have been published in more than 500 peer-reviewed journal papers with 38 papers being designated as highly cited papers.

Professor Sun is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including: election to the Royal Irish Academy in 2010; membership of The Academy of Europe in 2011; induction as a Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology in 2012; induction as a Fellow of the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 2016. He has also been named on the most “Highly Cited Researchers” list over the past three years (2015- 2017) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).