UCD Professor Da-Wen Sun Continues to Lead World Rankings in Agriculture Sciences in 2010

Professor Da-Wen Sun, UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine, continues to lead the world rankings in Agriculture Sciences, according to recent data released by the Essential Science Indicators (ESI) database of the Thomson Scientific from Thomson Reuters.

Based on regularly updated compilation of the ISI Web of Science, the world's most authoritative citation database, Essential Science Indicators provides citation counts as a form of peer recognition which generally reflects the dependence of the scientific community on the work of individual scientists. According to data released as of 1 July 2010 to cover an 10-year plus four-month period (1 January 2000 – 30 April 2010), a total of 2,554 scientists are among the top one percent of the most cited scientists in the category of Agriculture Sciences (ISI Web of Science), and Prof. Sun is at the top the list by ranking at 31, a rise of 20 places from 51 two years ago.

Covering a multidisciplinary selection of more than 11,000 high-standard international scholarly journals from around the world, Essential Science Indicators rankings are based on a selection of the most cited scientists, institutions, countries, and journals in a ten-year period. Citation counts are based on a journal set categorized into 22 broad fields. Fields are defined by a unique grouping of journals with no journal being assigned to more than one field. To compensate for varying citation rates across scientific fields, different thresholds are applied to each field. The thresholds are set to select roughly the same proportion of entities from each field. For scientists the top 1% of names is selected for each of the fields. This percentage of inclusion translates into a specific citation frequency cutoff for each field. Therefore Essential Science Indicators is an in-depth authoritative analytical tool offering data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals.

Joining UCD in 1995, Professor Sun is a world authority in food engineering research and education. He has edited 10 authoritative books and published over 500 papers, including more than 200 peer-reviewed journal papers. In recognition of his significant contribution to food engineering worldwide and for his outstanding leadership in the field, the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR) awarded him the CIGR Merit Award in 2000 and again in 2006; in 2008, he was presented with CIGR Recognition Award; and in 2010, he received the CIGR Fellow Award, which is the highest honour in CIGR, and is conferred to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions world-wide, and that continue to improve the outcomes of the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering profession. Professor Sun has also received the AFST(I) Fellow Award in 2007 from the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), and was named “Food Engineer of the Year 2004” by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

He is Member of Royal Irish Academy, Fellow of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, UK and Fellow of Engineers Ireland. In 2010, he was elected as CIGR Incoming President and will serve CIGR President in January 2013. He is Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioprocess Technology, and Series Editor of “Contemporary Food Engineering” book series. He also serves on the editorial board of a number of leading international journals.

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