The Department of Food Science and Technology is located in two adjacent buildings (Faculty building and SEAFAST Center building) at Darmaga Campus and covers approximately 163,200 ft2 of space. Within these buildings, the faculties and undergraduate students have access to teaching equipment, classrooms, libraries, information center, laboratories, instruments, analytical equipment, food processing equipment and pilot plant. The DFST-IPB is situated close to IPB central library and Agricultural Technology Information Center (ATIC) of FAET. Several teaching and research facilities are located in SEAFAST Center. However, students and faculty have full access to SEAFAST facilities because they are established as shared facilities. The facilities located in F-Technopark are under the management of FAET but fully accessible for the teaching and learning activities of the department.
Classroom and Teaching Equipment
Teaching activities i.e. lecture, seminar, discussion, presentation and distance learning are conducted in classrooms under the Bogor Agricultural University management. There are fifteen classes usually used for teaching activities, which is located in FAET building and SEAFAST Center. The classrooms are permanently equipped by LCD projectors and desktop computers. White board, permanently-installed LCD screen, and other teaching equipment are available in all classes. One of the classes is specifically designed for Distance Education (DE). The dedicated DE class is located in SEAFAST Center, equipped with 26 desktop computers for interactive distance learning and facilities for video conference.
Graduate students have access to research laboratory facilities in the Department of Food Science and Technology, including food chemistry laboratory, food microbiology laboratory, food biochemistry and human nutrition laboratory, food processing and engineering laboratory, sensory laboratory and food processing pilot plant. The laboratories provide sophisticated equipment for analysis, such as GC, GCMS, HPLC, AAS, DNA sequencer, Electrophoresis, Ultra filtration, Polarization Microscopes, Rancimat, Rheometer, PCR, Pulsed NMR, fermentor rheomat, Stevens LFRA Gel Tester, fluorometer, rheology equipment (texturometer, viscometer, texture analyzer, RVA, Farinograph, and Extensograph), colorimeter, double beam spectrophotometer UV-Vis, freeze drier, etc.
Research in the Department is also supported by food processing pilot plants in SEAFAST Center and F-Technopark with various food processing equipment, such as thermal processing line (HTST, batch pasteurizer and retort), bakery processing line, meat processing line, starch extraction line, noodle processing line, oil extraction line, sugar extraction line, tea processing line, tofu processing line, fermentor, extruder, ice cream maker, drum drier, spray drier, tunnel drier, automated fluidized bed drier, vacuum fryer, and supercritical fluid extractor.
Students may also explore diverse interests at academic library in Central Library, Food Science Library at SEAFAST Center, and Agricultural Technology Information Center at Faculty of Agricultural Technology. The libraries collect latest English textbooks, international peer-reviewed journals and journal abstract (FSTA) in the area of food science, technology and human nutrition.
Laboratories and Pilot Plant
There are 14 laboratories located in the Department and SEAFAST Center facilitating teaching and research activities. Laboratories in the Department are classified as research and teaching laboratories for Food Chemistry, Food Biochemistry, Food Process Engineering, Food Microbiology, and Food Analysis, each with capacity for up to 30 students. For research purposes, some students and faculty members also use SEAFAST Center laboratories (Food Quality and Safety, Food Product Development and Engineering laboratories). Each laboratory is capable to accommodate up to 20 students per batch.
Some pilot plants are also available to conduct research and laboratory work, especially in the food processing area. The pilot plants are equipped with processing machinery and equipment that are regularly utilized for integrated food processing laboratory course, which is designed to mimic a miniaturized yet complete food industry model.
Libraries and Information Center
DFST-IPB is mainly supported by the IPB Central Library and Agricultural Technology Information Center located at FAET. The libraries provide information and variety of literatures in the food science and technology as well as agricultural technology and other relevant subjects.
Internet and Computer Facilities
The whole IPB Darmaga Campus is connected to internet by Local Area Network (LAN) and Metropolitan Area Network (MAN). In most of the campus area, internet facilities are accessible through Wireless Access Point (WAP). At the university level, various licensed software are available including dBase, Clipper, Visual Basic, ASP/PHP, MS-SQL Server 7.0, MySQL, MS Office, and others. IPB also provides students dedicated computers to access internet (cyber facilities) located in some spots in campus.
In addition to the wireless internet connection available, access to computers and internet for students is also provided by computer laboratory. The laboratory is equipped with 30 computers, scanners, printers, servers, licensed software (windows, statistics, etc.) and internet connection.