Wagle, Ashwini R.
Associate Professor, Nutrition, FoodSci & Packaging
Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) Director
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Ashwini Wagle, MS, RD is an Associate Professor and Director for the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) in the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging at San Jose State University. Ashwini Wagle earned her MS in Food and Nutrition from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 93'. She comes to San Jose State University with over ten year experience as a registered dietitian (RD) in several skilled nursing facilities and acute care hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ashwini Wagle is also involved with several on-campus and off-campus organizations and serves on the committees for organizations such as the South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital, Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP), San Jose Peninsula District of California Dietetic Association (SJPD), Cal-Pro Net Center, Bret Harte Community Club Board, Student Nutrition Advisory Council and Shaping Health as Partners in Education Committee (SHAPE) for the San Jose Unified School District.
Her basic areas of interest and research are food and culture especially traditional health beliefs, practices, and food behaviors for multiple ethnic populations especially South Asians, food insecurity and hunger, and foodservice systems. She has published several articles in peer reviewed scientific research journals and has over twenty abstracts published and presented at national, state and local conferences.
Ashwini Wagle received the Outstanding Student Research Award in 93’ by Society for Nutrition Education (SNE) for her MS Thesis “Accuracy of Food Purchase Recall Determined Through Use of Supermarket Itemized Register Tapes”. She has also received the Outstanding Faculty award by the Department of Nutrition, Food Science and Packaging Student Club for the last six consecutive years for her work with students.
Teaching is a very demanding and challenging profession, but the rewards of success cannot be measured. Ashwini Wagle has devoted the past eight years of her professional life to SJSU because she believes and supports the mission of this university.