The Texture Technologies Quality Research Award is awarded annually to two authors who write and present high quality research which broadly involves instrumental texture analysis. The objective of the award is to increase awareness among professors and students of the importance of publishing impactful research in sufficient, high-quality detail that allows fellow researchers to replicate and build upon the work.

This year’s winners are (excerpted from the AACCI website):

Best paper:  “Rheological Hardness Index for Assessing Hardness of Hexaploids and Durums“ Authors: Réka Haraszi, Angela Juhász, Mike Sissons, Mariann Rakszegi, Laszlo Tamás, and Robert S. Anderssen

Robert (Bob) Anderssen specializes in mathematical modeling and has worked on electromagnetic induction in the earth, vibrating piano strings, wheat-flour dough rheology, drying of pasta, and analysis of NIR spectroscopic data. Currently, he is working on pattern formation in plants and the rheology of cereal grain hardness. He has been president of the Australian Mathematical Society and awarded the George Szekeres, Joe Moyal, and ANZIAM medals and is a Fellow of the Australian Mathematics Society.

Best presentation: ”Evaluating the effect of barley beta-glucan on mechanical properties of white salted and yellow alkaline noodles using ultrasound” by Ali Salimi Khorshidi, University of Manitoba, Canada

Ali Salimi Khorshidi graduated from the University of Tehran, Iran in Chemical Engineering  (BSc and Masters degrees). Afterwards, he worked for 4 years in R&D section of pharmaceutical and food industries in Iran as researcher and technical advisor. He is currently doing his PhD on the use of ultrasound to evaluate effects of barley β-glucan and work input on mechanical properties of Asian noodles. The project is conducted by departments of Food Science and Physics & Astronomy at U of Manitoba and Grain Research Laboratory of Canadian Grain Commission in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Each winner receives an engraved plaque and a $1,000 award honorarium. Congratulations to this year’s winners! Read more about the Texture Technologies Quality Research Award on the AACCI site here.