Purdue Food Science Envoys

What We Do

The Purdue Food Science Envoys serve as ambassadors for our department and are often the first smiling faces that our visitors see. Envoys are carefully selected and act as liaisons for the Department of Food Science to industry executives, alumni, and prospective students. Envoys give tours of the Department's facilities, host guest speakers, and other activities that promote Purdue and the Department of Food Science. The Envoy experience allows students to gain valuable leadership skills and strengthen their network within the food industry while proudly representing Purdue Food Science.

Contact Us

Department of Food Science
foodsci@purdue.edu
745 Agriculture Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494-8256

 

Meet our Envoys

Areeb Ahmed

Areeb Ahmed

Food Science, Class of 2025
Hometown: Boston, MA
"After I saw what went behind the scenes in manufacturing food at a Perfetti Van Melle plant, I was blown away and knew that I wanted to get involved in the food industry. At Purdue, I have had the opportunity to work with so many people across a range of backgrounds - from those in business, engineering, and of course, food science! As an Ag Council Representative for the Food Science Club, I love collaborating with my fellow officers and representing our club during Ag Council meetings. In the future, I will pursue a internship for the upcoming summer along with undergrad research. For those of you looking into Purdue, while academics and activities are important, your well-being matters most! Make time for exercise, enough sleep, relaxing, hanging out with friends, and eating healthy too."
Kristen Coates

Kristen Coates

Food Science, Class of 2023
Hometown: Warsaw, IN
"Hi! My name is Kristen and I am currently a senior in Food Science. Throughout my time here at Purdue, I have been a member of the Food Science Club, Fermentation Club, Student Envoys, and I work as an undergraduate in a food chemistry lab. I have always been passionate about Food Science, specifically the Product Development sector, so I am excited to see what opportunities arise during my senior year and after graduation!"
Laura Harriss

Laura Harriss

Food Science, Class of 2025
Hometown: Powder Springs, GA
"I am a sophomore who grew up in Powder Springs, GA, just outside of Atlanta. I am majoring in Food Science with a minor in Fermentation Sciences. I came to Purdue for it’s amazing food science program and for the wonderful sense of community. I chose to pursue a degree in food science because I wanted to combine my passions for food and science and make it my career. I've always dreamed of working in the food industry, and I thought food science was the best way to do so. My advice for prospective students is to take advantage of the amazing opportunities outside of classes, because even as a freshman, there are so many ways to become involved and expand your food science knowledge outside of the classroom. My career goal is to go into either R&D or Product Development to develop new food products. At Purdue, I am currently involved in Purdue Hillel as their VP of Internal Relations, IFTSA College Bowl team as a Co-Coach, Food Science Club, Collegiate 4-H, DRC Peer Mentor Program, Honors Mentor Program, and the PASE Board of Directors. In my free time, I earned my 3rd Degree Blackbelt in Universal Martial Art and continue to train. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, baking, and playing with my dog, Pancake!"
Teresa King

Teresa King

Food Science, Class of 2025
Hometown: Delaware, OH
"I am a sophomore in Food Science from Ohio. I am involved in Food Science Club, Baking Club, and BoilerCatholics along with working at the Corec. What brought me to Purdue Food Science is the large yet friendly campus that provides so many opportunities and experiences along with the more personal food science department that provides every willing student with success!"
Taylor Main

Taylor Main

Food Science, Class of 2024
Hometown: Oneida, IL
"I am a junior majoring in Food Science with a minor in Biochemistry on a pre-medicine track. In addition to serving as an Envoy for the Department of Food Science, I am one of two Directing Co-Chairs for Purdue Old Masters and Co-Vice President of Marketing for Purdue’s National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team. I work as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Senay Simsek’s lab, conducting research into 3-D food printing. I participated in the 2022 Summer College of Agriculture Research Fellowship (SCARF) program, and I have presented my research findings at Purdue’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research. After completing my degree at Purdue, I plan to attend medical school to become a physician. The mantra that has gotten me to where I am today is to look at every experience, positive or negative, and view it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and better yourself."
Madison Mehringer

Madison Mehringer

Food Science, Class of 2023
Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
"Hi! My name is Madison Mehringer, and I am a current senior in Food Science, minoring in Fermentation Science and Horticulture. What I love most about Food Science is how this major impacts everyone worldwide. People have to eat, and having the ability to impact, create, and protect our food supply that feeds billions is an incredible opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of so many. This is why I joined Food Science, to give back and help create the memories so many of us think of fondly: the ones around the table. Personally, I am very involved at Purdue in the Food Science, Fermentation, and Purdue Horticultural Society clubs. I also work in both the Sensory Evaluation Lab and in the Food Entrepreneurship and Manufacturing Institute within the Food Science department. To give back to the Purdue and Food Science communities, I participate in outreach events as a Food Science Envoy and College of Agriculture Ambassador. Choosing where to go to college is a huge decision. The best piece of advice I can give prospective students is this: go where you feel most at home and most alive. Choose the place where you can picture yourself living, with a school spirit that invites you into a welcoming community, and a major where you are excited to learn more. A place where you feel pushed to be your best self, while also pushing you outside of your comfort zone to grow, is where each person deserves to be. I am excited to see what my future and the future of Food Science holds!"
Ashley Mohammed

Ashley Mohammed

Food Science, Class of 2025
Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL
"I chose Food Science as a major because I have always been very science-oriented, and I really liked how I could combine topics that I enjoyed, such as biology and chemistry, to ensure food is safe and healthy for consumers. I hope to work in something related to food chemistry, such as flavor chemistry or quality testing, to incorporate my minors that interest me. At Purdue, I am involved in College Bowl, Higher Ground Dance Company, Food Science Club, and the Honors Mentor Program in addition to being a Food Science Envoy. Something I have learned that I want other students to know is that college is a time to try new things, so this is a great time to explore different activities to see what you really enjoy because there is truly a club for every interest!"
Lilly Stone

Lilly Stone

Food Science, Class of 2025
Hometown: Frankfort, IL
"My interest in Food Science developed from to wanting to make a difference in the world, as every single person needs to eat. I have always had a passion for cleaner ingredients in my food, and as a result, I am interested in creating healthier alternatives to everyday food products. As an undergraduate student, I have been involved in the Food Science Club, the Honors College during my freshman year, my sorority Alpha Gamma Delta, and now as a Food Science Envoy! I am grateful for the opportunities Purdue has provided so far, and I look forward to the more memories ahead. I encourage all prospective students to strongly consider the many opportunities offered by Purdue and Food Science!"
Payton Taylor

Payton Taylor

Food Science, Class of 2024
Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
"I am a junior majoring in Food Science and minoring in Statistics. I transferred to Purdue last year after changing majors, and it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. I was scared to come to such a big school, but Purdue Food Science is such a small, closeknit community, and I love being a part of it."
Stephen Wong

Stephen Wong

Food Science, Class of 2025
Hometown: Stamford, CT
"The main thing that brought me to Food Science was this idea of "self to shelf." It is basically this concept that as Food Scientists, we can bring our ideas to life. Because of this, I hope to be in the Research and Development department of food science, as I have a few ideas that could really bring an impact. I have two pieces of advice for incoming freshman/new students: "(1) Be comfortable being uncomfortable, and (2) the more you put in, the more you'll get out.""