Analytical Flavor Systems is founded by a team that appreciates the hard work and quality behind what we eat and drink. Inevitably, we were led to build tools for quality control in the food & beverage industry. By utilizing sensory science, data science, and analytical chemistry, we are able to protect our clients’ products from batch variations, flaws, and contaminations.
Jason Cohen - Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Before starting Analytical Flavor Systems, Jason was the Founder and Executive Director of The Tea Institute at Penn State, which oversees 20+ researchers in 5 fields of study in traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Tea. Jason did his research in sensory science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence - eventually developing the Gastrograph system after 3 1/2 years of research. Jason is a professional coffee, tea, and beer taster, and when he is not trying new products, he enjoys rock climbing, ice climbing, and fencing.
John Dori - Co-founder & Engineer
John is a geek for good flavor. When he's not working to empower the taste buds of the fine folks that make his favorite products, you will find him trying new foods and beverages. He is a member of The Tea Institute at Penn State but drinks far more coffee these days. Outside of work, he enjoys reading science fiction and learning about different styles of music. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Information Sciences & Technology.
Dan Scanlon - Engineer
Dan is a full-stack engineer & designer, a Penn State dropout, and previously was the co-founder & CEO of Present. He's been writing software professionally for 10 years, and has lead the development of numerous projects. When he's not working, he may be found playing drums or petting dogs.
Ryan Ahn - Chemist
Ryan is a chemist for AFS. He is the Executive Director Emeritus of the Tea Institute at Penn State. Former researcher at the Badding Group, a solid-state and high pressure materials chemistry lab at Penn State University. In his free time, Ryan enjoys spending time exploring the ramen offerings of New York, visiting the MET, and drinking tea.
Deval Shah - Data Scientist
Deval is currently working towards a major in Economics, Psychology, and a minor in Applied Math and Statistics at Stony Brook University. He is very passionate about coffee, data science, and playing keyboard. When he isn't doing one of these things, he likes to meditate and go exploring in forests/nature.
Emily Van Clief - Founding Team Member & Designer
Emily graduated with a degree in Art with a concentration in New Media at Penn State University. When she isn’t designing for Gastrograph, Emily enjoys the pursuit of artisan beverages. Everything from slinging ‘spro to making tea ware has caused her agility and swiftness to carry over into her artwork. Oh, and she can be found playing with exotic animals from time to time. She isn’t called S.uper Q.uick U.ser I.nterface D.esigner for nothing.
Sarah Haselkorn - Director of Sales
Prior to AFS, Sarah spent almost four years with Anheuser-Busch InBev, starting as a Global Management Trainee, and progressing within sales to become the Sr. District Sales Manager of the Miami market. She holds a Bachelor's in Engineering and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis, where in her junior year she launched a salad restaurant off-campus called Green Bean. When she's not working, you can find her in the gym, most likely training for her next triathlon.
Jacob Walker - Director of Business Operations
Jacob moved to Washington, D.C. after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Political Science and History. After working his way through the DC start-up scene, he joined Gastrograph to pursue his passion for beer, flavor, and technology. When not working, he can usually be found with a backpack, wandering through whatever country he accidentally walked into this week. At home, he's probably binge-watching netflix, reading obnoxiously boring history books, or playing waaaay too much football - Flag and Fantasy.
Rishab Gupta - Data Scientist Intern
Rishab, an intern from May - August 2016, is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in embedded systems from the University of Pennsylvania. He enjoys drinking beer and is passionate about machine learning- a match made in heaven. He loves exploring new music and that is what keeps him going. When he gets the time, he likes to play soccer, travel and hike.