Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Profesor Titular Honorario, Profesor Emérito

Departamento de Ingeniería Química y Bioprocesos


Líneas de Investigación

Ingeniería de alimentos, bioprocesos de recursos marinos, biomateriales, operaciones unitarias.


Aguilera, J.M. Aguilera, J.M. Aguilera, J.M. (2003) Solid-liquid extraction. Food microstructure. Moisture sorption isotherms. En C. Tzia & N. Liakadis (Eds.) Extraction Optimization in Food Engineering, pp. 35-55. Marcel-Dekker, Inc., Nueva York. Encyclopedia of Live Support Systems. Eolss Publishing Co., Ltd. En D. Heldman (Ed) Encyclopedia of Agricultural, Food and Bio (2003)
pp. 35-55.


Professor José Miguel Aguilera is a food engineer, based at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He was Chair of the Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering Department for several years and served as Vice-Dean of Engineering. During 2010-2013, Aguilera was President of CONICYT, Chile’s National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research He retired from PUC in 2012, becoming Honorary Emeritus Professor of Food Engineering, and continued leading research at the Laboratory of Food Microstructure, and supervising graduate students.
Prof. Aguilera has made outstanding and breakthrough contributions to food research and development, education, and internationalization. In particular, his pioneering work to establish food microstructure and food materials science as a foundation of food processing and product engineering has resulted in a better understanding of the science and engineering of food and the innovative design of healthy food products. He has authored or co-authored over 220 refereed papers and 13 books.
In 2008, he received the highest award bestowed by Chile to a scientist or engineer, the National Award for Applied Science and Technology. In 2010 he became the first Chilean elected as a foreign member of the U.S. Academy of Engineering (election to NAE is considered one of the highest honours that can be accorded to a scientist or an engineer in the United States), and in 2014 he joined the Academie d’Agriculture de France. He was awarded the important Alexander von Humboldt Research Prize (Berlin, 2002) and the Life Achievement Award of the International Association of Engineering and Food, IAEF (Athens, 2011). Recently, he received the 2019 GCHERA World Agriculture Prize in Nanjing, China, and the 2020 Nicolas Appert Award of the Institute of Food Technologists (USA).


  • PhD, Cornell University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University
  • Master of Business Administration, Texas A&M University
  • Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Ingeniero Civil Industrial, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Premios y Distinciones

2008 Premio Nacional en Ciencias Aplicadas y Tecnológicas
2019 Premio Mundial de Agricultura GCHERA
2020 Premio Nicolas Appert, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT, EE.UU.)
2017 Doctor Honoris Causa por la Universidad Nacional del Altiplano (Perú)
2014 Miembro extranjero de la Academie Francaise d’ Agriculture
2011 Life Achievement Award de la International Association of Engineering and Food (IAEF), Atenas.
2010 Miembro extranjero de la National Academy of Engineering de EE.UU.
2006 Premio de Investigación Marcel Loncin del Institute of Food Technologists (EE.UU.)


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