Tiwari with Dr. Sheryl Ann Barringer, Professor in the Department of Food
Science and Technology, Ohio state University. She announced the award
Gopal Tiwari, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of biological systems engineering, won first place in the 2009 Graduate Student Paper Award Competition conducted by Food Engineering Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).
 IFT is a leading international scientific society in the area of food science and technology. 
The competition was among 44 entries from the top food engineering programs worldwide. Second and third places went to Penn state and Cornell University, respectively.
The title of Gopal’s paper was “Mathematical modeling of radio frequency heating of a low loss food material”. The award was announced during the 2009 IFT annual conference and expo (June 6-9, 2009) in Anaheim, CA.
Gopal’s current research, under the supervision of  Professor Juming Tang, focuses on studying radio frequency heating uniformity of dry and intermediate moist foods for food safety.