The Axia Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Bahar Aliakbarian was recently selected as a 2018 Fellow in Michigan State University’s Academy for Global Engagement (AGE). Dr. Aliakbarian is a research associate professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University, and serves as a Research Leader and Principal Investigator at the Axia Institute in Midland, MI.
Fellows will participate in a two-day campus convening event on Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20, in East Lansing, MI where program officers from federal agencies and experts in global research will share insights on how to develop a global research network. As part of this event, Dr. Aliakbarian will be presenting her research focusing on the effect of smart packaging solutions to combat the prescription opioid crisis.
“This is a significant opportunity for Bahar, and will serve to advance the mission of the Institute as well as interdisciplinary initiatives within the University,” said Katherine A. Franz, executive director of the Axia Institute. “As we strive to address industry grand challenges, her participation in the AGE fellowship program will further strengthen our value proposition to corporate and academic partners.”
Dr. Aliakbarian received her Ph.D. in Chemical, Material and Process Engineering from University of Genoa (Italy). Her multidisciplinary research experiences focus on the integration of innovative engineering technologies which has led to the formulation of new products with food and biomedical applications. This research focuses on environmentally-friendly strategies to develop value-added products from the scrap generated in the processing plants and along the food supply chain.
After joining MSU and the Axia Institute, Dr. Aliakbarian’s work has broadened to the development of active and smart packaging for food and pharmaceutical applications. She is particularly interested in the use of smart technologies to track and monitor food and pharmaceuticals along the supply chain.
Dr. Aliakbarian has more than 70 peer-reviewed articles in refereed journals and more than 40 peer-reviewed conference proceedings. She has a strong international scientific network collaboration. She had prestigious postdoctoral fellowships and worked in MIT-Harvard Medical School (USA), The University of Sydney (Australia), Université de Lorraine (France), and University of Genoa (Italy). Her research in waste valorization has recently been published in PharmaNutrition and LWT Food Science and Technology.
Each year, the Academy for Global Engagement works with University leaders to select a group of Fellows. Over the course of their year-long experience, Fellows develop skills and experience in forging global research partnerships and communicating about their work with potential funders and collaborators. They travel internationally to meet with potential research partners and to Washington, DC to meet with federal, multilateral, and private sector funding organizations. At the end of their Fellowship year, these scholars will be poised to become the next cadre of global researchers at MSU.
In the past four years, the Academy for Global Engagement has provided 39 Fellows with global research experiences in partnership with 38 senior faculty mentors. Fellows have visited or collaborated in 34 countries, and leveraged $20.6 million in research grants to support engagement with global partners.
The Axia Institute, formerly Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation, is a premier research and education center dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, the Axia Institute partners with industry to solve grand challenges and conduct cross-disciplinary research in areas of value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety. The Institute was founded by leaders in value chain creation and development at MSU, including the Eli Broad College of Business, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, College of Social Science, and School of Packaging. Founding donors include The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation.
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