Alumni Spotlight – Kevin Lin, B.S., ChE ’15

Kevin Lin, B.S., ChE '15

Date(s) - 12/07/2020
All Day


Applying Artificial Intelligence as a Chemical Engineer at PepsiCo R&D

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020
9:35 a.m.
Zoom link

Artificial Intelligence continues to dominate the headlines. From the amateur and hobbyist to the professional, everyone can see that AI is making a huge impact on our world. But as data-driven companies dominate in the economy and our computers continue to learn (and learn how to learn), how do we as engineers in applied physical sciences adapt and leverage these new advances? In this talk, Kevin Lin, Associate Principal Engineer at PepsiCo R&D, will share how he became a member of the Foods Applied AI team at PepsiCo R&D, how he has paired a Chemical Engineering background with a passion for AI and Machine Learning, and some personal thoughts on the future of Applying AI in industry.

Kevin Lin enjoys solving problems from an interdisciplinary lens. Though he comes from a background in Chemical Engineering, he excels at synthesizing the right solution by collaborating with others from different disciplines, backgrounds, and perspectives. We should all get a seat at the table and everyone’s voice deserves to be heard – and these thoughts are reflected in Kevin’s working style.

With a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, he has spent over 5 years in the Food & Beverage industry. Through his time as a process engineer on the global Snacks Extrusion team, he has touched on many areas, including mechanical design, food science, and process economics. Afterwards, he had the opportunity to work cross-culturally and cross-category alongside the Western Europe Nutrition Packaging team on setting up a physical analysis lab.

Currently, he is on the Foods R&D Applied AI team where he is leading projects to apply machine vision and machine learning to streamline manufacturing processes and accelerate the product development process.