Prof. Rohanie Maharaj

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Rohanie Maharaj is a Professor of Food Science and Technology and Programme Coordinator in the department of Chemical Engineering at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad. She is also a graduate of the UWI in Natural Sciences (B.Sc.) and Food Technology (M.Sc. & M. Phil). She holds a Ph.D. degree in Food Science and Technology specializing in Postharvest Biology and Technology from the Université Laval in Québec, Canada. She is a senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a Professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and is also a current board member of the Caribbean Food Crops Society (CFCS).

Professor Maharaj embarked on a career in the manufacturing sector and has fourteen (14) years of post-Ph.D. industrial experience, with twelve (12) in a leading global organization Johnson & Johnson at the senior management level, where she has worked not only in Trinidad and Tobago but in Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico as a former Process Excellence and Compliance Director for the Johnson & Johnson Caribbean Companies.

She joined the staff of The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) in 2009 as an Associate Professor and Programme Leader in the Food Science and Technology unit, having built the programmes from inception and was promoted to Professor Food Science and Technology in 2018. She has also served in the capacity of Vice-Provost Undergraduate Studies during the period 2017 to 2019 where she made significant contributions to the leadership and administration at the UTT.

Professor Maharaj is well trained in building quality at the international level and has also served in the capacities of Team Chair and Evaluator for external accreditations on behalf of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT). In 2013, Professor Maharaj received the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) award for "Excellence in Science and Technology". A listing of her publications can be found on google scholar.