We're a team of data scientists, engineers, researchers, chemists, business
strategists and more, committed to the future of innovative food +
beverage product design
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.
Francois graduated with a Ph.D. in physics from McGill University. He has built and flown a balloon-borne telescope to study the early Universe and has analyzed the data as a researcher at University of Minnesota. He now applies his data science skills to improve the flavor models of Analytical Flavor Systems.
Nabeel completed his Bachelors of Astrophysics from Princeton University, and he is currently completing his Masters in Data Science from New York University. With carribean flare, he arrives on the scene with a wide amount of interests that all fall squarely within geekdom. When he's not working on problem sets or coding, he is usually playing DOTA, watching horror films, writing poetry, or drawing comics.
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.
Franck joined Analytical Flavor Systems in 2019 as the Chef Manager Of Research & Development Operations. Franck brings 8 years of experience as a culinary and kitchen safety professional. Franck completed his Associate of Culinary Arts at the New York Wine & Culinary Institute and is currently a Bachelor of Hospitality candidate at Monroe College. Franck has been intrigued by food since he was five years old and continues to be inspired by his passion for experimenting with new flavors. When Franck is not developing a new recipe or panel protocol he is exploring the culture behind traditional and non-traditional dishes, playing video games, and listening to music.
Adriana is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at New York University. She has been a part of the team since 2019 and is passionate about strategic thinking, research, and project management. When Adriana is not working, she is either working out, reading, or binge-watching a new show on Netflix.
Aaron Ladino is from Venezuela and studied gastronomy at the Culinary Institute of Caracas. He currently works at the company as R&D Operations Coordinator. He leads and coordinates sensory panels to collect data that is used to train the platform. In his spare time he likes to read and study food processes and learn new techniques. His goal is to become a Michelin guide inspector.
Zongjun is the third Executive Director Emeritus of the Tea Institute at Penn State. He has a B.S. degree in Geospatial Science (GIS) at Penn State and is an affiliate researcher in Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Laboratory (GEO) in the College of Earth and Mineral Science. Zongjun is a great fan of scotch, cigar, wine, and sake. In his free time, he likes to read, meditate, and listen to Japanese underground jazz.
Kevin has been in strategy, business development and marketing in both technology as well as capital markets for most of his career. He is former head of sales and marketing at Lime Brokerage, a trading and technology firm spun out of Tower Research Capital based in NYC. He has a BS from University of Virginia, and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Kevin lives in NYC with his wife and twin boys.
Andrew has experience solving problems at every level of the data stack: implementing models, scaling them up, monitoring their performance, and visualizing their predictions. Originally with a background in geography and spatial analysis, he now handles the design and implementation of Analytical Flavor Systems' data platform, using the toolkit of functional programming to fluently translate the expertise of the data scientists and R&D team into the language of the system.
Evonne comes to us from Jane Street where she spent 16 years trading, optimizing trades, architecting and engineering the data pipelines that informed trading decisions, and automating them. After building her own model re-training system while implementing open source tools on the cloud at Insight Data Science, she now works on productionizing the data science workflow for internal and client end-users in a hybrid cloud solution utilizing the latest optimal tools available for MLOps at Analytical Flavor Systems. When not problem solving at work, she enjoys nature and getting outside with her family.
Matt graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Computer Science. After graduation, he worked as a front-end developer within the banking industry. Having a desire to expand his technical skill set, Matt joined the Analytical Flavor Systems team to work on various development projects.
Xianhao is currently pursuing an undergraduate studies in Computer Engineering at National University of Singapore. Having worked with both hardware and software projects, his interest lies in both large scale computing and software engineering. During his free time, he enjoys playing video games, cycling and rock-climbing.
Kristo is studying Information Systems in National University of Singapore. His passion in technology and entrepreneurship motivates him to join the engineering team and develop applications for AFS. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Table Tennis, shooting enemies in Counter-Strike, and binge watching Netflix.