Food and Agribusiness Supply Chains – Needs for Authentication and Challenges of Implementing Novel Technologies for Food Tra

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
ECEE
Faculty Name: 
Prof. Michael Kozicki
Preferred Skills or Majors: 

Student with interests Business, Agri-business, Sustainability, Supply-chain, Logistics, Industrial Engineering

Compensation: 
unpaid
Closing Date: 
May 1, 2021
Location or Campus: 
Tempe
Hours Per Week: 
8-10

Desired Academic Year: 
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Project Description: 

This topic will focus on mapping and analyzing supply chains for fresh produce items including processed items such as bagged leafy greens, pre-cut melons, and other items. Specifically, this research will focus on better understanding the needs and challenges for securing the supply chain for fresh food and providing critical information at each point in the supply chain, from farm to consumer, that may be important in case of product recall due to a food safety outbreak, tampering, mislabeling, or other factors impacting integrity of the supply chain. This information will condition the testing and implementation of a novel type of identification/authentication technology incorporating dendritic identifiers and blockchain technology. This research was recently proposed to the USDA – National Institute for Food and Agriculture to aid in the securing of food supply chains, especially those of perishable commodities such as fresh produce. This project is intended to run for approximately 2 years.



Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

Student are encouraged to reach out to Prof. Michael Kozicki (Michael.kozicki@asu.edu) and Prof. Mark Manfredo (manfredo@asu.edu), as well as Dr. Yago Gonzalez Velo (yago.gonzalezvelo@asu.edu)
Send email listing the topic title in the email subject, and provide a resume and a brief paragraph explaining who you are and your motivation. Maximum 200 words.