Food, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences Facilities

The Division includes: Eckles Hall, the William C. Stringer Wing of Eckles Hall, the Agricultural Engineering Building and Gwynn Hall.

Eckles Hall was renovated in 1986 and provides 23,500 square feet for offices, classrooms and laboratories. Research laboratories include facilities for food chemistry, food microbiology, dairy processing and sensory science.

The William C. Stringer Wing of Eckles Hall was completed in 1999 and provides 32,780 square feet for offices, classrooms, kitchens and laboratories. The building has a meat processing laboratory, wet chemistry and instrumental laboratories, a microbiology preparation laboratory, a teaching kitchen to learn the principles of cooking, a fully-functional commercial kitchen and a multipurpose room that is used for fine dining, catering event and cooking demonstrations.

The Agricultural Engineering Building was completed in 1987 and has 55,000 square feet of space for offices, classrooms and laboratories. The research laboratories in the building include bioprocessing and water quality, biosensors, computer vision and instrumentation, food engineering, precision agriculture, soil physics, bioenvironment, biofuels and others. A modern student computer lab is also located in the building.

Gwynn Hall houses the MU Nutritional Center for Health (MUNCH), which includes a metabolic kitchen, a teaching kitchen and an observational food-choice behavior lab. MU Physical Activity and Wellness (PAW) is a state-of-the-art designated (human) clinical research facility (containing 2,250 square feet) for the assessment of physiological and behavioral health-related outcomes. The facility contains a full suite of analytical instruments for conducting body composition analysis, ultrasound, autonomic nervous system flow, and metabolic and resting metabolic rate analysis. These facilities allow studies of the interactions of exercise and diet on metabolism, human performance and development or prevention of disease. Additional facilities include the human exercise physiology lab, lab space for clinical testing, body composition assessment including BODPOD and DXA, and an exercise training facility to train human subjects.