Niagara College student earns top spot at research poster contest



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Esteban Acosta, a student and research assistant with the Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre, earned a third-place finish for his poster entry this week at the 2016 Product Development Research Day, held March 21 at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) headquarters in Guelph.

A selection committee approved the presentation of a number of posters from the CFWI Innovation Centre, and the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. Student posters were entered into a contest for cash prizes.

Students and recent graduates who participated in the day-long event include Acosta, David Ly, and Andrew McCuaig. Acosta is in his second year of the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program; Ly is a recent graduate of the same program and is currently working as a research associate with the CFWI Innovation Centre; and McCuaig is in his third year of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

Amy Proulx, a faculty member of the CFWI and researcher with the CFWI Innovation Centre, also submitted several posters outlining the work done with her classes in the Culinary Innovation and Food Technology program.

Acosta’s poster outlined his work on a unique game meat chips product; Ly presented on the benchmark research being done with Ontario hops; and McCuaig outlined process efficiencies in a peach packing operation in Jordan.

All those in attendance at the event were given ballots to select their top picks for the poster contest.

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