While I was born in the U.S., I was educated in Ecuador where I had the wonderful opportunity to be in contact with the agricultural sector, dedicated to the commercialization of food products. Growing up in this environment provided me a vision and an understanding of the importance of improving processes and technical studies to increase the value and quality of small-scale goods.
Because of my passion for science, math, business and sincere desire to share knowledge and contribute to activities that benefit the community, I studied Food Engineering as an undergraduate student. After I graduated, I moved to the U.S. and I worked in a multinational food company and pursue higher education in the field of Food Science at Cornell University,NY.
My first language is Spanish and I learned English through extracurricular activities but never had the opportunity to be completely immersed in the culture. Within the relatively short amount of time I have been here in the U.S., I have improved my English skills, gained work experience as a Scientist in the Research and Development area at General Mills Inc., and become involved in American society through volunteering.
Since 2012, I have done volunteer work with chefs from the Open Arms organization to create delicious, nutritious food to help people in the community who have life-threatening illnesses, many of whom are unable to shop or cook and often lack a support network to help. In 2012, we were able to serve 6,832 free meals to about 300 children, ensuring that kids who rely on school lunches during the school year stayed well-nourished. This experience gave me a clear understanding of the impact my career in food science has on improving and sustaining a healthy society; moreover it had shown me that commitment and teamwork are essential to create a remarkable change in people's lives.
Finally, I had the opportunity to volunteer with CLUES as an English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher for adults to help integrate migrants into Minnesotan society. As a volunteer intern-teacher I assisted adult learners in learning the English language, improving communication, and acquiring the basic life-skills necessary to overcome the obstacles in their everyday lives. This involvement taught me that the passion and conviction of professionals play a big role in the lives of people in great need. Sharing knowledge inspires and empowers communities to believe in themselves, dream big and reach their potential.
All these experiences have shaped me as professional in the field of Food Science, because I understand the importance of addressing the hardships endured by the most vulnerable individuals within our society from a multicultural perspective. And I'm convinced that increasing knowledge in the field that you feel most passionate, will help you make greater contributions that will help improve people's life, thereby realizing your dreams.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of Azuay - Bachelor of Engineering, Engineering Science
Graduate Degree: Cornell University - Master of Science, Food Science
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