About Us

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.

Meet the Team

The Founder

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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.

The Engineers

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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.

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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.

The Chemist

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Ryan Ahn - Director of Research & Development

Ryan is the second Executive Director Emeritus of the Tea Institute at Penn State. He studied chemistry at Penn State and is a former researcher at the Badding Group, a solid-state and high pressure materials chemistry lab at University Park. In his free time, he enjoys spending time exploring the ramen offerings of New York, visiting art museums, and drinking tea.

The Data Scientist

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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.

The Designer

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Aislynn Van Clief - Founding Team Member & Human Interface Designer

Aislynn graduated with a degree in Art with a concentration in New Media at Penn State University. When she isn’t designing for Gastrograph, she enjoys the pursuit of artisan beverages. Everything from slinging ‘spro to whisking matcha 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.

The Business Team

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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.

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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.