Kevin M. Keener

Headshot of Kevin Keener
Professor, Barrett Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering
School of Engineering
Email: 
kkeener@uoguelph.ca
Phone number: 
(519) 824-4120 ext. 53023
Office: 
THRN 2344
Seeking academic or industry partnerships in the area(s) of: 
Development and evaluation of novel food and biomanufacturing technologies, Sustainable food manufacturing, Food technology deployment, Food safety intervention assessment
Available positions for grads/undergrads/postdoctoral fellows: 
None at this time, but send an expression of interest to find out status.

Education and Employment Background

Dr. Kevin Keener is the University of Guelph’s first Barrett Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering. He received his PhD in Food Process Engineering from Purdue University in 1996. Prior to joining U of G in 2019, he worked as a professor of food process engineering in the Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. He is the director for the Iowa State University Center for Crops Utilization Research and BioCentury Research Farm where he works to develop sustainable technologies and processes at pilot and small industrial scale for food, feed, biochemicals and bioplastics industries.


Research Themes

Keener’s research focuses on improving processes and practices to reduce food waste, increase the use of food and fibre, and ensure sustainable food manufacturing processes. His focus is on developing novel food technologies that can deliver sustainable food systems and ensure the global transport of safe, nutritious high-quality food that benefits consumers, food manufacturers and government agencies. Specific research themes include:

  1. Food Technology and Safety. Atmospheric cold plasma technology is an emerging, green process that could have important applications for food packaging. It is a powerful tool for surface decontamination of foodstuffs and food packaging material. Keener explores the efficacy of this technology against food contamination.
  2. Food sustainability. Keener examines ways to improve the processes and practices to reduce food waste, increase the use of food and fibre, and ensure sustainable food manufacturing processes.
  3. Food industry. Keener has delivered technical programs for food entrepreneurs, established food companies, and regulatory agencies where he offers training on food processing and methods for starting a food business.

Media Coverage

Barrett Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering