Scientific Committee

Michael Nestrud, Sr. Manager, Foresight, Trends & Sensory Insights, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.

Michael Nestrud

Since joining the Ocean Spray cranberry cooperative in 2013, Michael has brought innovation and global thinking to both R&D and Marketing roles. His work has spanned sensory science, marketing, consumer affairs and predictive analytics and he has brought modern approaches to support global strategy, NPD and sensory quality. He has hired and mentored many new scientists, technicians and interns along the way and has created a number of workshops for employees and grower-owners on sensory science, product development and data-driven strategy and decision making.

Michael’s research interests include multivariate methods and statistics, time series modeling, graph theory, emotion measurement, meal context effects and novel taste sensations and he authored and contributed to a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals. His work has also been featured in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal and on NPR.

Michael holds both a Culinary Arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a Ph.D. in Food and Sensory Science from Cornell University. Before coming to Ocean Spray, he lead sensory science for in4mation insights in Needham, MA, USA and had a postdoctoral appointment at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, MA, USA.

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