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Samantha L

- Research Program Mentor

PhD Doctor of Philosophy


Food microbiology, consumer packaged goods industry, brand management, brand marketing

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Using technology to address food waste

Every year, more than a billion tons of food is wasted worldwide. This represents about 30% of the total production and presents a great economic loss for the society as well as a negative environmental externality. This wastage occurs in all countries (developed as well as developing), in all food products (e.g. cereals, meat, fish and seafood, milk, eggs, oilseeds and pulses), and at all stages of the supply chain (production, transportation, processing, and retail). Students can learn about food waste and how we can use technology to solve the issue! You can better understand the structure of the food supply chain, identifying potential location and processes, which are susceptible to contamination, developing tools to reduce the risk of pathogen or microbial intrusion, and building systems to quickly and accurately identify and destroy contaminated or spoiled food.

Food industry case study

Review the consumer packaged goods and/or health and wellness industries and conduct a SWOT analysis on the future of sustainable food, on a national and/or global scale.

Coding skills


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