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


9:35 am-10:30 am
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Applying Artificial Intelligence as a
Chemical Engineer at PepsiCo R&D

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

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