FDSN Spring 2021 Seminar: Simpler Better Fruit Preparation for Yogurt Application

Join the Department of Food Science and Nutrition for this FDSN Seminar Series event featuring Jie Sun, principal scientist at General Mills. The event will take place on March 25 from 1-2 p.m.

At the beginning of this virtual lecture, Jie Sun will share an overview of General Mills. He will then talk about the various roles within the General Mills technical community and potential career paths.

Adding fruit to yogurt is a balancing act between food safety and food quality. Sun will discuss the juggling act required to create the best possible fruit in each cup of yogurt. He will also provide a brief overview of the current industrial application of some thermal and non-thermal pasteurization technologies in this area, along with some personal reflections on the practical challenges and future opportunities of these novel technologies.


A catalyst in the heart and a problem solver by training, Jie Sun is currently a principal scientist at General Mills. His primary focuses are to discover new technology solutions and to facilitate the cross-pollination of new ideas within the company.

Sun holds both a bachelor’s and master of engineering degrees in agricultural products processing and storage from the College of Food Science and Technology at Huazhong Agricultural University and a Ph.D. in food chemistry from the Department of Food Science at Cornell University.

Sun has had the unique privilege to enjoy a wild ride into many aspects of food science wonderland through his 14-year journey at General Mills, with research topics ranging from apoptosis pathway discovery to machine automation, from new product launches to crop variety selections using predictive modeling, and from value stream mapping to production line startups.

Currently, he holds 30-plus patents and publications with more than 3,000 citations. Outside of work, Sun enjoys spending time with family, volunteering, cooking, and many outdoor sports.

Click here to join the virtual event on March 25 or join by phone at ‪224.441.7992; PIN: ‪557 543 088#

The FDSN Seminar Series features guest lectures by invited speakers that broaden understanding and knowledge of various scientific topics and original research in food science and nutrition. Speakers include experts from academia, federal government agencies, and the food industry.

For more information, contact Cindy Koschetz at ckoschet@iit.edu.