William Whiteside

Food Systems and Safety Program Team, Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences Department

Office: 226 Poole Ag Center
Phone: 864-423-0727
Fax: 864-656-0331

Email: wwhtsd@clemson.edu

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Food Technology
Clemson University 1999

M.S. Agricultural Economics
Clemson University 1986

B.S. Agricultural Mechanization
Clemson University 1984

 Courses Taught

Packaging Machinery, Packaging Distribution, Packaging Design


Dr. Whiteside has expertise in food safety, thermal food processing, food product shelf life, and food packaging. He has taught various short courses and made numerous formal presentations both domestically and internationally on a variety of topics such as; packaging fundamentals, biopolymer packaging, food packaging, thermal food processing, confectionary packaging, retort packaging, packaging design and development. He is also sought by various U.S. and International food processing and packaging companies for his knowledge of thermal processing of food products, retort pouch processing, food packaging and shelf life. Dr. Whiteside led in the development of the Cryovac® Flavour Mark™ Retort Laboratory at Clemson University which opened in October 2008. This state-of-the-art laboratory is focused on the application and development of new retort pouch technology and other thermal processing technologies for packaged foods. Dr. Whiteside has taught senior and graduate level classes in packaging machinery and has also taught courses on packaging distribution and packaging design. He is also a recognized thermal process authority by the FDA and USDA. Dr. Whiteside has developed a successful research program in the areas of food packaging, retort pouches, and food product shelf life with one patent. He is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS) and the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).

 Research Interests

Retort pouch processing, thermal processing, food packaging, food product shelf life

 Extension and Outreach

Better Process Control Schools, Food Safety Training, Food Product Shelf Life Evaluation, Thermal Process Validation & Development