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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. William Pelletier

Sr. Lecturer, Heat and Mass Transfer

Dr. Pelletier teaches 6 courses associated with both biological and packaging engineering. He has been involved in the field of heat and mass transfer, postharvest, packaging engineering, as well as cold chain technologies and operations. Dr. Pelletier has a specific focus on environmental conditions within aircraft cargo holds and on temperature variations during domestic and international shipments of fresh produce. He has extensive experience in the development of temperature profiles for the validation of thermal packaging systems used to transport temperature sensitive products, including pharmaceuticals. He is part of the team of advisors working with ABE undergraduate students. He is member of NACTA, ASEE, ASABE, and UPA.

Contact Information


101 Frazier Rogers Hall

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

  • Teaching
    • ABE 3612C: Heat and Mass Transfer in Bio Systems
    • PKG3001: Principles of Packaging
    • ABE 6615: Adv. Heat and Mass Transfer in Bio Systems
    • PKG 5006: Adv. Distribution and Transport Packaging
  • Research
    • Increasing the consumption of specialty crops by enhancing their quality and safety
    • Air transport of perishable products
    • Heat and mass transfer in postharvest operations
  • Education
    • Ph.D. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida, 2010
    • M.S. Agri-Food Engineering, Universit√© Laval, Canada, 2002
    • B.E. Food Engineering, Universit√© Laval, Canada, 2000
  • Professional Experience
    • 2012 - Present
      Lecturer, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2010 - 2012
      Postdoctoral Associate, Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors
    • Jack L. Fry Award for Teaching Excellence by a Graduate Student in the College of Agricultural and Life Science, University of Florida, 2010
    • Walter H. Johnson, Jr. Ph.D. Scholarship from The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), 2004
  • Other Professional Activities
    • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
    • American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
    • International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR)
    • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)