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Professor Janis Swan

Professor

Qualifications: M.Tech. (Biotech) Massey Ph.D. (Chem. Eng.) Waterloo. Member of IChemE-SCENZ, Fellow of IPENZ, Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology, New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM)

Research Interests

  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Large-scale separations
  • Engineering education

Adding value to New Zealand's biological materials is vitally important to our economy. Too many of our products are being exported as commodities. We need to identify the requirements of the end-user and tailor our products to meet these needs. Rather than being commodity items, our food exports should be regarded as food ingredients. To do this, we need to understand the factors that affect the functionality of the biological materials we produce.

My areas of research are in understanding the factors that affect the functionality of meat, and how to use meat in added-value products. I am also interested in adding value to the co-products of the meat industry. The latter have traditionally been regarded as waste streams that need to be processed to reduce treatment costs. Other interests include identifying and improving the unit operations of a given process, and in energy efficiency.

Teaching Areas/Programmes

  • Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering
  • Engineering design, research and management

Academic and Professional Leadership Roles

  • Acting Dean of Engineering, 2015 - 2016
  • Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science & Engineering, 2012 – 2015
  • FIET Industry Advisory Group, 2016 – ongoing
  • MBIE Science Board member, 2014 – ongoing 
  • Panel member: Rutherford Discovery Fellowship (2016 – ongoing), James Cook Fellowship (2015 – ongoing), Prime Minister's MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist (2012-2014)
  • Associate Dean of Engineering, University of Waikato, 2005 - 2015
  • Council Member, MBIE Science Board, 2014 – ongoing
  • Chair, New Zealand Council of Engineering Deans, 2009 - 2011
  • Council member, Marsden Fund, 2010 - 2013
  • Chairperson, Department of Engineering, 2006-2008
  • Chairperson, Department of Materials and Process Engineering , 1997-2003
  • Academic Board, University of Waikato, 2005 - 2011
  • Leader of Engineering Accreditation Team, 2006, 2008
  • Organising Committee, NZIFST annual conference, 2004, 2008
  • National Committee, Society of Chemical Engineers New Zealand, 2006-2009
  • Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics Quality Accreditation Panel, 2008-2011
  • Member of Review Team, Massey University's Engineering qualifications, 2008
  • Member of IPENZ Accreditation panel, Massey's Bachelor of Engineering programmes, 2007
  • NZBio Board member, 2003-2004
  • Vice-President, New Zealand Federation of University Women, 1994-1997
  • Member of Ministerial Task force for Crown Research Institutes, 1991-1992.

Awards/Honours

  • Skellerup Award for Chemical, Bioprocess and Food (IPENZ), 2014
  • JC Andrews Award (NZIFST), 2010
  • Member of New Zealand Order of Merit, MNZM, for services to engineering, 2009
  • Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology, 2006
  • Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand, 2005.

Teaching Commitments

Recent Publications

  • Pontawe, R. J., Carson, J. K., Agbebavi, J. T., Klinac, D., & Swan, J. E. (2016). Osmotic Dehydration of New Zealand Chestnuts with and without Shell and Pellicle. International Journal of Food Engineering, 12(1), 83-89. doi:10.1515/ijfe-2014-0244 Open Access version: hdl:10289/9947

  • Li, L. I. S. A., Swan, J. E., Nair, G. R., & Langdon, A. G. (2015). Preparation of volatile fatty acid (VFA) calcium salts by anaerobic digestion of glucose. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, 62(4), 476-482. doi:10.1002/bab.1301

  • Adnan, A., Nair, G. R., Lay, M. C., Swan, J. E., Umar, R., & Umar, R. (2015). Glycerol as a cheaper carbon source in bacterial cellulose (BC) production by Gluconacetobacter xylinus DSM46604 in batch fermentation system. Malaysian Journal of Analytical Sciences, 19(5), 1131-1136.

  • Thavanayagam, G., Pickering, K. L., Gabbitas, B., & Swan, J. (2014). Investigation of mixing methods for feedstock formulation for titanium based metal injection moulding. In APCMP2014 - The 11th Asia-Pacific Conference on Material Processing (pp. 90). Auckland, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://apcmp2014.org/1_Conference%20Programme_APCMP2014.pdf

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Contact Details

Email: jswan@waikato.ac.nz
Room: FG.1.03
Phone: +64 7 838 4049