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Course Name: Making Sense of the Numbers: Statistics for Food Scientists
Course Code: LF0607WA23
Date of Most Recent Offering: February 9 & 10, 2023
Time: TBD am – TBD pm EST
Format: Live, instructor-led virtual course
Registration Fee: $TBD per person
Early Bird Discount Fee: $TBD per person (expires TBD)
Registration closes: TBD
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Don’t be baffled by food statistics! This online statistical refresher will benefit beginners and experienced professionals alike.
In the food business, there is the product development cycle no one ever wants to ride: poorly conceived experiments which produce bad data that leads to wrong conclusions and, finally, to market failure. That is why all product developers — from chemists to QA specialists — should understand how insightful and intelligent data is produced.
Statistical methods are important tools employed in both food science and sensory/consumer science applications, and the Statistics for Food Scientists course includes topics that cover applications in both of these areas.
This intensive refresher course is led by Frank Rossi, one of the food industry’s most experienced statistical specialists and an expert in the delicate art and science of mixing food and numbers.
Through a case-based approach, he and his colleague Viktor Mirtchev will refresh your knowledge of fundamental statistical concepts and help you gain a better understanding of the common applications of statistics in food science.
- Descriptive Statistics and Graphical Interpretation
- Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)
- Gage Repeatability and Reproducibility
- Statistical Design of Experiments (DOE)
Who Should Attend?
Any food industry professional who wants to better understand common applications of statistics in food science will benefit from participating in this training course. Past attendees have included:
- Food Scientists
- Food Technologists
- Food Product Development Professionals
- Product Innovation Managers
- Sensory Specialists
- Quality Assurance and Quality Control Staff
- Project Managers
- Lab Managers
Meet Your Instructors
Frank Rossi, PepsiCo, Director, Research and Development, Retired
Frank recently retired from PepsiCo where he led the statistics team that supported the global Frito-Lay Snacks business. Frank was previously Associate Director of Statistics at Kraft Foods, where he led the Global Statistics function that supported the Research and Development, Quality and Operations organizations. He has also held statistical consulting positions with General Foods Corporation and Campbell Soup Company. He has authored several journal publications on the statistical aspects of sensory analysis and product testing, and his book with Viktor Mirtchev, Statistics for Food Scientists was published in 2015. He has a BS in Mathematics and an MA in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University.
Viktor Mirtchev, CVS, Director, Enterprise Data Strategy and Analytics
Viktor is a Director of Data and Analytics Strategy in the area of AI and Big Data at CVS. Viktor is the former AI Team leader for Boston Consulting Group, where he provided consulting to industry leading companies in AI. Prior to BCG, as a Senior Manager of Marketing Analytics and R&D for the Kraft Heinz Company, he supported marketing, product development, and quality efforts. He obtained two BS degrees in Statistics and Computer Science, an MS in Applied Statistics, and an MBA.
“The instructors both brought clarity to some topics that can be difficult to grasp. I attended because I wanted to refresh my understanding of statistics and learn DOE. But I got great examples, it was interactive, and there were great visuals to help in understanding the material. DOE especially will be very helpful in providing guidance to product developers.”
“Frank and Viktor are extremely knowledgeable and keep the subject matter engaging and easy to assimilate. I am taking a lot of new tools back to my workplace.”
“I appreciated the comparison to real life applications in the manufacturing industry rather than just a straight statistical approach. It made understanding the concepts much easier and the stories were very relatable.”
Continuing Education Credits
The most recent offering of Making Sense of the Numbers: Statistics for Food Scientists was approved for 0.7 Rutgers CEUs, as well as the following credits from professional organizations. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.
NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists (HO/REHS): Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 9 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).
Certified Food Scientists: This program qualifies for Certified Food Scientist (CFS) recertification contact hours (CH). CFS Certificants may claim a maximum of 6 CH for their participation in this program. For more information, please visit www.ift.org/certification or email email@example.com.
Course Requirements and Policies
This online course will be delivered via Zoom. Registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course on February 8, 2023.
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- Speakers and microphone are not necessary as a call in option is available.
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Cancellations and Substitutions
A $100 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
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