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 some 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.
The student population in the Food Engineering Department typically reflects the qualities of engineering students accepted into Istanbul Technical University. İTÜ Food Engineering Department admits students with high scores, representing the top 2.1 – 3.5% of those placed in the 4-year institutions. Since 1990, the Food Engineering Department has been ranked as the first or the second best, based on the ÖSS examination scores among over 90 food engineering programs of other universities in Turkey.
The Food Engineering program is supported by 4 full-time professors, 4 Associate Professors, 3 Assistant Professors, 6 staff (two administrative and four technical) and 11 research assistants. The full-time faculty of Food Engineering Department has a broad range of technical interest and expertise within food engineering area.