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Nadeesha Gunaratne

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Career Profile

Degree: Doctoral Degree
Career Level: Entry Level
Occupation: Life, Physical, and Social science
Career Title: Agricultural and Food Science Technicians, Social Science Research Assistants, Biological Technicians
Target Title: Food Scientist, Research Scientist
Skills: Technology, food, machine learning, artificial intelligence;
Goal: Becoming an expert in the field Growing the size of the customer base Improving the company bottom line Getting a promotion
HighLight: Over eight years of engagement in the field of Food Science and Technology Ability to solve problems through critical thinking Ability to work in changing environments with diverse groups Conducting and solving large scale consumer-based experiments.
Membership: Member of IFT (Institute of Food Technologists)
Certification: Published 3 scientific articles as the first author and 4 articles as a co-author
Honor: Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Best Student in Food Science and Technology Gold medal for best research
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Nadeesha Gunaratne is Food Scientist, Research Scientist(Life, Physical, and Social science) from Columbus,Georgia United States.

Experience


University of Melbourne Parkville , Victoria Australia
02/2019 - 07/2019
Academic Tutor in Food Chemistry
Tutoring and marking Honors degree students
1. Academic tutor for Bachelor in Food Science Conducted tutorials for undergraduate students in Food Chemistry Preparation of presentations on relevant coursework Conduct interactive group discussions with students 2. Marker for Bachelor in Food Science • Marking student assignments in Food Chemistry and providing feedback on an online platform • Ensuring the students follow a marking scheme in writing reports
University of Melbourne Parkville , Victoria Australia
08/2019 - 12/2019
Academic Tutor in Sensory Science
Tutoring and marking students conducting studies in Sensory studies
1. Academic Tutor in Sensory Science • Supervising the students in setting up the practical class • Assisting in data analysis and interpretation of results from sensory sessions • Conducting several sensory tests including discrimination tests, Temporal Dominance of Sensations (TDS), and Quantitative Descriptive Analysis (QDA) 2. Marker for Masters in Sensory Science • Marking student assignments in sensory evaluation and providing feedback on an online platform • Ensuring the students follow a marking scheme in writing reports
University of Melbourne Parkville , Victoria Australia
02/2016 - 12/2019
PhD Researcher
Research in the field of Food Science
1. Product development • Development of chocolates with different tastes and flavors • Development of encapsulated food flavors and incorporating them into chocolates • Study of chemical and physical properties of chocolate 2.Packaging • Design and development of novel food packaging concepts to conduct consumer testing and identification of key design features affecting consumer emotional responses • Qualitative (heat-maps) and quantitative analysis on chocolate packages using eye tracking techniques • Linking eye fixations with consumer emotional responses to deeply understand consumer behavior 3.Sensory • Planning, recruiting and conducting focus groups and sensory sessions using new techniques • Evaluation of consumer responses to obtain scores for overall liking, texture and aroma properties • Using novel biometric techniques such as facial expression analysis (using FaceReader software), skin temperature analysis (using Infrared thermal imaging), Heart rate and blood pressure analysis (using video analysis) • Predicting consumer emotional responses using biometrics • Studies on willingness to purchase scores to measure consumer expectations • Handling of eye trackers to obtain consumer responses towards food packaging • Handling and analyzing large amount of data • Development of emotion lexicons using online surveys and focus group discussions • Assessment of food quality based on chemical fingerprinting using near infra-red (NIR) spectroscopy 4.Artificial intelligence and machine learning • Machine learning model development using Artificial Neural Network (ANN) • Development of machine learning models to obtain sensory responses form NIR readings • Development of machine learning models to obtain emotional responses from visual stimuli • Application of developed models to food packaging to understand consumer emotional responses • Knowledge and experience in using Matlab, SAS, Minitab for large scale data analysis
CBL Foods International (PVT) Ltd Ranala , Western Province Sri Lanka
Industry: CBL Foods International (PVT) Ltd
01/2014 - 12/2014
Internship (Food Science)
Experience gained at the food production floor and other facilities in then industry including management, warehouse, packaging, HR etc.
1.Product development Obtained training in manufacturing process of cake, chocolate, biscuit, wafer, rice cracker and candy bar Awareness about the functions of all supporting departments (Finance, Human Resources, Supplies, Production, Engineering, Quality assurance, Marketing, Warehouse) Conducted a research to develop rapid analytical methods to select suitable rice varieties for cracker production (Research in rice cracker production plant) Fabrication of a device to measure stickiness of rice for cracker production (Research conducted in collaboration with the Engineering department) 2.Packaging Shelf life studies to extend shelf life of food products by modifying packaging Training on food packaging techniques Accelerated shelf life testing 3.Sensory evaluation Conducted research to determine chemical, physical and biological factors affecting the shelf life of food products Conducted sensory sessions using untrained panelists Microbiological analysis of food products
University of Sri Jayewardenepura Colombo , Western Province Sri Lanka
12/2014 - 12/2015
Research Assistant
Demonstrating practical sessions at the laboratory and involving in new product development
Obtained experience by visiting food production facilities and agricultural fields Mentored undergraduate students in the fields of Food Science and Technology Planned, conducted, evaluated and analyzed results of laboratory experiments Engaged in research related to food production, quality assurance and quality control Involved in new product development (NPD) for food production competitions and awarded winning prize.

Education


University of Sri Jayewardenepura Colombo , Western Province , Sri Lanka
09/2010 - 12/2014
Degree: Bachelor's Degree
Major:Food Science and Technology
Minor:Food Chemistry, microbiology, marketing
Food Science and Technology Special degree course consisted of many fields such as Food Chemistry, food Physics, food microbiology, Food marketing, new product development etc. I was selected as the best student in this course of study with a record GPA of 4.0/4.0 and was awarded a gold medal for best internship and research.
Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing Colombo , Western Province , Sri Lanka
09/2012 - 12/2013
Degree: Associate's Degree
Major:Brand Management
Minor:Marketing
A diploma covering areas such as branding, marketing, management, new product development. How a brand can be developed and made a successful brand.
The University of Melbourne Parkville , Victoria, Australia
02/2016 - 12/2019
Degree: Doctoral Degree
Major:Food Science
Minor:Sensory Science, consumer behavior
During the PhD, I found that a joint application of both traditional and novel sensory techniques provide valuable inputs to understand consumer perceptions, which include self-reported and physiological responses. Furthermore, artificial neural networks can be used to analyze hidden nonlinear patterns which maybe disregarded in traditional parametric studies.

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