Born in Southern China, Professor Da-Wen Sun is a global authority in food engineering research and education. He is an Academician of six academies, including Member of Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland; Member of Academia Europaea (The Academy of Europe), one of the most prestigious academies in the world; Foreign Member of Polish Academy of Sciences, the highest lifetime honour bestowed by the Polish government; Fellow of International Academy of Food Science and Technology; Fellow of International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and Full Member of International Academy of Refrigeration. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology, one of the most prestigious food science and technology journals; Series Editor of “Contemporary Food Engineering” book series with already over 50 volumes published; and the Founding President of the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE). In addition, he served as the President of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR), the world largest organisation in the field, in 2013-2014, and is now Honorary President of CIGR. He has significantly contributed to the field of food engineering as a researcher, as an academic authority, and as an educator.
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/image processing and hyperspectral imaging technologies. Especially, his many scholarly works have become standard reference materials for researchers in the areas of hyperspectral imaging, computer vision, ultrasonic freezing, vacuum cooling, computational fluid dynamics modelling, etc. Results of his work have been published in over 1,000 papers including more than 500 peer-reviewed journal papers indexed by Web of Science (Web of Science h-index = 107, SCOPUS h-index = 115, Google Scholar h-index = 134), among them, 71 papers have been selected by the Essential Science IndicatorsSM as Highly Cited / Hot Papers in Field, ranking him No. 1 in the world in Agricultural Sciences (January 2020). He has also edited 17 authoritative books. In addition, Professor Sun has been named Highly Cited Researcher in the last 7 consecutive years (2015- 2021) by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters).