Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Thijs Defraeye

Personal Information

Name, first name: Defraeye, Thijs
Date, place of birth: 25/04/1983, Roeselare, Belgium
Residence: Ahornstrasse 27, 8051 Zürich, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 76 732 50 11


Research interests and competences

Research interests
Computational engineering – Soft materials – Transdermal drug delivery – Food science – Convective cooling and drying processes – Electrohydrodynamics – Biomimetic sensors

Computational fluid dynamics (RANS, LES) – Finite element modeling – Multiscale modeling – Non-destructive imaging (X-ray imaging, neutron computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging) – Wind-tunnel experiments (particle image velocimetry, hot-wire anemometry).

Academic publishing and scientific reviewing activities

Publications: 76 peer-reviewed journal papers
Patents: 1 patent
h-index: 23 (Scopus), 29 (Google Scholar)
Reviewer for 27 scientific journals with impact factor, including Drying Technology, Energy, Energy Conversion and Management, Environmental Modeling & Software, Food and Bioprocess Technology, Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Journal of Food Engineering, Postharvest Biology and Technology, Journal of Cleaner Production, Trends in Food Science & Technology
Member of International Editorial Advisory Board of Drying Technology and Postharvest Biology and Technology.

Full Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Etienne Rabe

Dr Rabe completed his B.Sc. and B.Sc. Honors degrees in Pomology at the University of Stellenbosch in 1980. He joined the South African Cooperative Citrus Exchange (SACCE) in early 1980 as horticulturist with emphasis on variety development and nursery aspects. During his early tenure, he completed his M.Sc. in Horticulture at the University of Pretoria. In early 1983, he departed for California and obtained his Ph.D in Botany/Plant Physiology at the University of California, Riverside in early 1986.

He rejoined SACCE in 1986 as Research Horticulturist. In 1987 he became Research Manager for Horticulture and in 1988 Manager of Production Research for the citrus industry research program.

In 1991, dr Rabe moved to the University of Stellenbosch to start a citrus program at the Dept of Horticultural Sciences. In 1993, he became Professor and also Department Chair from 1997 to 2000. Dr Rabe graduated a combined total of 23 Masters and Ph.D students from his program and also had numerous refereed and popular articles published. At the end of 2003, he left U. Stellenbosch and moved to California. While at U. Stellenbosch, dr Rabe started to consult on horticultural issues to a number of South African citrus growers and abroad, including in California to Sun Pacific and Paramount (now Wonderful Citrus), assisting in the start of the mandarin industry in California.

In early 2004, dr Rabe assumed a full time role with Sun Pacific Farming and also worked closely with Wonderful in establishing the first Clementine and Nadorcott plantings. At the end of 2008, dr Rabe moved to Wonderful Citrus as VP Agronomy and still holds this role to present. Dr Rabe is involved in all technical aspects related to the farming business of 23,000 ha of Wonderful acreage in California, Texas and Mexico, representing the full scope of citrus offer, viz mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. He also serves on various industry boards (State and Federal), including the CA Citrus Research Board (former chair), the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program (HLB committee, current executive committee member), Citrus Disease Committee (Federal committee and vice chair). In addition, dr Rabe manages the variety management company, Biogold North America, serving North America.