ITU DEPARTMENT OF FOOD ENGINEERING
The Food Engineering program of the Istanbul Technical University is the first food engineering program offered in Istanbul. The foundation of the Food Engineering Department in ITU has been pioneered by Prof. Dr. İhsan Çataltaş and other faculty members of the Chemical Engineering Department in the School of Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering in 1987. Following the recruitment of faculty members the department admitted the first students in 1990-1991 academic years. Thirty students were admitted between years 1995 and 2003 and this number was increased to 70 in 2020. Since 1990, the Food Engineering Department has been ranked as the second best, based on the OSYM examination scores among food engineering programs of other universities in Turkey.
First alumni graduated in 1994 from the Department. Our department improved its facilities with national and international projects in a short time with the support of the University based on modern engineering education and took its place in the sector with its highly qualified graduates.
The Food Engineering program is supported by 8 full-time professors, 3 Associate Professors, 4 Assistant Professors, 4 staff (one administrative and three technical) and 12 research assistants. The full-time faculty of Food Engineering Department has a broad range of technical interest and expertise within food engineering area.
Food Engineering Department is accommodated in a 6-story building integrated to the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering in Ayazaga campus. In 1995, the department moved to this new building which has a space of about 4,000 square meters. The building consists of classrooms, laboratories, faculty and staff offices, storage rooms, and two meeting rooms, and comprises about 12% of the School total space. The entire facilities used for classrooms, computer laboratories, student canteen, student club’s rooms, and seminar rooms are administered by the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. All the faculty members and students of the school share these facilities. Extracurricular activities including technical trips, seminars organized in collaboration with the food industry enrich our education. The Food Engineering Student Club which conduct activities under the ITU Culture and Art Association and contribute to technical and social development of our students.
Current curriculum includes courses taught in English at a proportion of at least of 30%. Curriculum and course contents are continuously evaluated and updated as part of our continuous quality management system. Graduate education is conducted under Graduate Education Institute. Masters and doctorate degree programs started in 1992 and 1995, respectively. Currently, we have 394 undergraduate, 113 masters and 67 doctorate students enrolled in the programs. The number of our graduates reached 1170 in undergradute and 340 in graduate programs in 2022.
You can reach to information sources about curriculum, academic & industrial activities, and alumni in these web pages.