Emely Lopez

School: University of Illinois
Degree: Food Science and Human Nutrition

  1. School/University and current year entering the 2017 semester
    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 3rd year PhD Student
  2. Academic advisor(s):
    Dr. William G. Helferich
  3. Degree/Major/Research focus:
    PhD in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Focus on the development of low-cost food processing technologies as well as point-of-use food systems to reduce malnutrition in at-risk populations.
  4. How did you choose your area of study?
    Food scientists are among the top influencers of population’s diets. I chose my career path because I want to use my food science background to positively impact the nutritional content of the foods we eat in a creative, sustainable, and cost-effective way.
  5. How has this scholarship helped you?
    The CFSF Scholarship has immensely supported my professional development here at the University of Illinois. I have been able to participate in conferences to grow my understanding in food-related issues, and partially fund my international research to investigate the potential of Andean vegetable proteins as vehicles to incorporate bioactive compounds into foods; which contributes to the discovery of novel applications of proteins for food industry and nutrition.
  6. What is your favorite class this semester and why?
    Although I finished all my class requirements a few months back, my favorite course was “Sustainable Product Development and Business Plans”, a one-year long course in the Business Department, where I worked with a diverse team (industrial design, environment, business, and food science) in collaboration with Abbott Nutrition to develop a powder beverage to reduce the prevalence of diabetes in India. It was indeed a great real-life experience, because during one year we practiced how share knowledge within our different backgrounds; which is a common scenario in Industry. In addition, we worked close to Abbott experts and learned the process of how to transform a bench idea into a final tangible solution.

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