Face-to-Face: Meet Milda Embuscado October 2017

Ever wonder if anyone else is facing the same professional challenges as you? Or just looking to connect with some new people in your field? In IFT's Face-to-Face series, we will be introducing you to a different IFT member every month with a fun, insightful Q&A session.


Milda EmbuscadoThis month meet...

Milda Embuscado, senior principal scientist, materials & process technology, McCormick & Co.

  1. How did you get your start in the food industry?
    I was enrolled in biochemistry as an undergraduate student. I realized that practical application of chemistry is what I would like to do. Then, I found out that a career in food technology combines both basic and applied chemistry and engineering.

  2. What do you love about your job?
    Working with people (product developers, scientists, interns) on finding solutions to various challenging problems and issues. I also love working on a variety of research projects in which I learn a lot (scientific discoveries, ideas, emerging technology). It is enlightening to know that you can apply what you have learned over the years and that there are still a lot of things yet to learn.

  3. What is the biggest challenge that you face in your job?
    How to develop a method that will bring about immediate changes and provide an impact.

  4. What have you learned or been exposed to in the past 12 months that has helped you in your job?
    Being part of IFT's AMSPAP (Annual Meeting Scientific Program Advisory Panel) that review various presentation topics for the IFT annual event. I learned a lot not only in my area of expertise, but also in other areas of specialization. It is true that learning never stops.

  5. How do you see the food industry evolving over the coming year?
    The emphasis will be on utilization of science and technology to advance food technology in keeping freshness and retaining as much nutrients in food, reduction of food waste, and utilization of food industry by-products.

  6. Fun Fact: What’s your favorite food?
    Mango—a superfruit that contains antioxidants, more that 20 different vitamins and minerals, and is low in calories. Also, there are many varieties available to choose from.

If you are an IFT member and wish to be profiled, please contact Kelly Hensel at khensel@ift.org or 312-604-0211.