Manager- Sensory Evaluation Laboratory, Virginia Tech
VP of Development & Communications- Student Association, Institute of Food Technologists
I am a doctoral student in the Food Science and Technology Department at Virginia Tech, where I manage the Sensory Evaluation Laboratory. My research focuses on using automated facial expression analysis (AFEA) to study the intricate relationship between emotions and food as it pertains to food choice. Post graduate school, I intend to continue my research as a university professor and teach courses on sensory science.
Sensory Evaluation ( focus on food and emotions) :
We are evaluating and using assessment tools to measure implicit and explicit emotions and how these tools assist in providing additional consumer insight for food, food choice, and behavior. Projects this area are multidisciplinary in nature, involving faculty in food science, psychology, engineering/statistics, and human nutrition.
Product Development (focus on functional ingredients):
These projects are integrated with the basic categories of sensory evaluation, food chemistry and food packaging as we study the potential of functional ingredients for health and consumer acceptance.
Research in this area investigates the effect of emotions on social interactions and problem solving capacity within interdisciplinary contexts. We utilize assessment tools to measure implicit and explicit emotions and how these tools assist in providing additional insight for overcoming barriers that inhibit interdisciplinary group synergy.
FST/HORT 3114: Wines and Vines – Fall 2016 (GTA)