Michael McCarthy is a Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology and a Professor Emeritus of Engineering in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of California Davis.
He also serves as a member and principle investigator for the Center for Process Analysis and Control at the University of Washington (an industry – university research consortium) and as CTO-Applications for Aspect AI, (since 2008), a supplier of process magnetic resonance sensors.
He joined the University of California, Davis in 1986 and performed research to understand and quantify transport phenomena during food processing and in the development of process analytical technology for the food industry. He has published over 200 journal articles. In 1990 Michael was selected as a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator for his work in developing magnetic resonance imaging to study transport phenomena in food processing.
Michael has worked extensively with industry and NGO’s during his academic career including a sabbatical with Nestlé in 1996-1997 and a sabbatical with Aspect AI/Paramount Citrus Association in 2007.