K-State graduation year: 1980
Degree: B.S. Baking Science
Current employer: Mondelez International
Position: Principal Scientist: Global Grains and Flour
How many times, if any, did you change your major during college?
My parents were involved in the baking industry and I became interested in it to from their work.
- Baking Science Club
- Intermural Sports
Yes, I had worked for my family’s baking business so I gained more information in the industry.
Since my father had contacts in the industry I had met many Research and Development and Operational professionals from major company’s in the area. K-State has grown in recruiting opportunities and connections. The alumni base and networking for the advancement of student careers has increased tremendously.
I am the Global Lead for Grains and Flour for Mondelēz International which is the largest biscuit company in the world. My job focuses on meeting people within the supply chain globally influencing the wheat and flour programs that meet our bakery, product and consumer needs.
Meeting people around the world and influencing and teaching them on how best to procure wheat, mill flour and apply this technology to our manufacturing and finished products.
Due to the diversity of the supply chain, I am challenged on how to best adapt a grain and flour strategy based on regional constraints. Also, the level of understanding of the grain technology differs around the world. How do you influence ad train people who are less familiar with this technology (procurement, breeders, farmers, mills and bakery’s) on the benefits of your technology strategy.
Make sure this job is something you love and have passion for and you will succeed.
People believing in me and giving me opportunity’s to gain diverse career experiences that allowed me to do what I do today.
I started my career in manufacturing, then Research and Development product development. I never thought that I would be a global expert on flour technology from field to plate.
I do travel extensively globally and have to manage family and career and try my best to maintain a good work-life balance.
My favorite job is Global Product development - it has been great teaching and applying what I have learned to advance people’s careers. I have also spent a lot of time in developing new technology which ha been great in translating technology to consumer and business benefits.
I finally had money to spend, but the hardest part knowing that my school days were over and I had to enter the work force and become more independent.
I made a lot of friends who I still interact with today. These friends had helped me both advance my career, shared experiences through the years, and provided me allied partnerships that helped me advance company objectives that I could not have done alone.
Cereal Science with Carl Hosney
The importance of getting an advance degree that could help you in your career later in life also, communication skills in translating technology benefits to benefits.