Prof. Tilahun Seyoum Workneh


Professor Tilahun Seyoum Workneh is an academic staff of the discipline of Agricultural Engineering of the School of Engineering of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He received his BSc degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1990, MEngSc degree in 1996 and PhD degree 2003. He has over 30 years of experience in multidisciplinary research and teaching in Engineering. His research interest includes heat and mass transfer, hybrid drying technology, non-thermal processing and preservation technologies, optimization and modelling of processes, postharvest technology and process engineering of fruits and vegetables, food safety engineering, engineered systems, environmental modification and control. He has taught several undergraduate and postgraduate modules/courses. He has developed / revised undergraduate and postgraduate engineering curricula. He has supervised over 40 MSc, doctoral and postdoctoral research projects. He has published over 160 articles in multidisciplinary research areas of engineering and sciences. He is a C2 NRF rated researcher in South Africa. He has developed low-cost cooling technologies produce storage. He also developed an integrated agro-technologies. He is a fellow of the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE), American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Pan African Society of Agricultural Engineers, and professional member South African Association of Food Science and Technology (SAAoFST). He received over ten research and teaching awards from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.