Two Faculty at "Lake Week" in Switzerland to highlight 3D Food Printing Collaboration, New Dual-Degree Partnership
Two WPI professors will be in Switzerland this week to share their transdisciplinary work on 3D food printing and foster relationships as part of the university’s budding partnership with Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).
Danielle Cote, Harold L. Jurist ’61 and Heather E. Jurist Dean’s Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Angela Incollingo Rodriguez, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, are attending ZHAW’s Lake Week, a deep dive into the future of food, nutrition, and agro-food systems.
Cote and Incollingo Rodriguez have for several years been engaged in a unique collaboration surrounding 3D food printing technology that fuses Cote’s expertise in materials science with Incollingo Rodriguez’s expertise in behavioral and psychological science. Their work includes a project centered around making an in-the-moment customizable nutrition bar for military use that can be printed in the field and used to increase calorie intake of soldiers. They have also worked on harnessing 3D food printing as an occupational therapy tool and for personalized nutrition.
Founded in 2007, ZHAW is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. The university
signed a dual degree agreement with WPI last year. Starting this fall, students from both universities will be able to study internationally while working toward a master’s degree. The agreement also establishes opportunities for faculty and student exchange programs, as well as opportunities for research collaboration.