Food Tech 40 Year Reunion
40 years aftter graduating, UNSW Food Tech class of 76' were reunited right here on campus.
UNSW Food Tech of Class of 76’ got together right here on campus 40 years after graduating. A group within the class are still connected and have kept in touch over the years. With the help of alumna Lyn Withey, the School of Chemical Engineering were able to bring together 18 out of the 32 alumni from the class for a presentation from Head of School, Professor Vicki Chen, and Associate Professor, Jayashree Arcot, followed by a lab tour (which brought back a few memories!).
They were joined by former lecturers and Emeritus Professors as well as former tutors.The group were then treated to lovely lunch at Homestead in Centennial Park and each guest was gifted with a photo of the class from 40 years ago.
Since 1976, the School of Food Technology has undergone a historic movement of change. In 1988, it was renamed to the Department of Food Science and Technology and sat in the School of Applied Bioscience.
From 1994-2000, Professor Ken Buckle sat as the Head of School and it wasn’t until 2004 that Food Science and Technology joined the School of Chemical Engineering under the Faculty of Engineering where it currently still sits today.The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) for Advanced Technologies in Food Manufacture (ATFM) was established within the School of Chemical Engineering in 2013 where it continues to strengthen Australia's R&D in food science and technology.
The school is committed to continuing its research in food science in areas such as nutrition, food chemistry, and food safety particularly in chemical safety and food allergens.