Candidate for Scientific Member-at-Large
Kansas State University
Martin J. Talavera is originally from Arequipa, Peru, and is an assistant professor of sensory analysis and consumer behavior at Kansas State University. Martin earned a B.S. in Agro Industrial Engineering from Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola in Lima, Peru in 2002, a M.S. in Food Science in 2006, and a Doctorate in Sensory Science from Kansas State University in 2009.
Martin has more than seven years of industry experience in the field, having worked for various companies in different product categories such as PepsiCo Inc., Peryam & Kroll Research, and Mary Kay Inc. as a Senior Sensory Scientist. Currently, he serves as faculty in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health and the Food Science Institute at K-State where he teaches various courses in sensory and consumer behavior and advises masters and doctorate students. He also has various publications in the field. As a Director of the Sensory
and Consumer Research Center, Martin manages and conducts research in partnership with the industry and academia.
The SSP is a place for sensory professionals around the world to interact, connect, and collaborate, a place to discover and disseminate the latest developments in sensory science, with the purpose of advancing our field. To fulfill this goal, the society must provide opportunities for its members to connect and develop their networks, to foster collaboration and educate. The Society must also provide opportunities to showcase “state of the art” research to let members explore novel methods and research trends in our field. As a member of the executive team, I would like to help create and encourage these connections between researchers and help research get to an audience. I look forward to joining the executive team of the Society to continue to serve our field.