Student: Marlyn Cotty Más
Name: Cotty Más, Marlyn
Hometown: Dorado, Puerto Rico
Institution: University of Puerto Rico
Campus: Mayagüez Campus
Major: Food Science and Technology
Expected date of graduation: May 2015
Degree: Bachelor Degree in Chemistry
USDA Agency of interest: USDA-FNS, FSIS or FDA
Worked as a laboratory research specialist in FALCC laboratory (NDL-USDA) in Virginia Tech University.
Description of career experience (what I learned):
Performed total lipid extraction and gravimetric determination of total lipids in food samples, and performed methylation of lipid extracts from food sample for fatty acid
analysis. Carried out extraction of ascorbic acid in diverse foods, and performed quantitative analysis of ascorbic acid in food extracts using HPLC.
What is your perception of agriculture now:
Agriculture it’s essential for a good nutrition and health. Agriculture in Puerto Rico and in other countries needs to be improved. We must learn how to use the latest
technologies to increase agricultural yields to feed a growing human population.
How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:
I learned how to performed a post- harvest quality study in a tropical fruit, chemical and proximal composition analysis in different food samples. All this knowledge and
analysis experience can open doors to me in government agencies and research laboratories.
Career and research aspirations: I aspire to finish my M.S. in Food Science and Technology within the next 1.5 years and find a job at the USDA-FNS, FSIS or FDA. In 10
years I would like to be a group leader and have an established career record in a government agency.
Skill Set: -Bilingual English/Spanish communication – Computer skills in Nutricionist Pro program, Chemstation®, Turbochrom®, Millennium® programs and Microsoft
Office Suite (Word®,Excel®,PowerPoint®) – Proficient in HPLC, UV-Spectrophotometer, Polarimeter, TOC, Texturometer, Colorimeter, Conductivity-meter, Titrino and
Coulometer Karl Fischer, RapidStill II, Ankom fat analizer equipments – To train students in physical and chemical food analysis.
The impact of my career experience:
All the work and reseach experiences at FALCC research laboratory and pharmaceutical companies has given me the necessary skills to become a competent scientist for
the future, and to meet and work with scientists. It was a great opportunity for me to continue developing my knowledge in sciences, learning how to use new instruments
and lab equipment outside of my current scope. Developing methods to analyze food product samples was an absolute and huge step for my career. My long term goal is to
find a leadership research position at USDA-FNS or FDA agency to have a significant and positive implications for human beings and the environment as well for developing
a better quality of life.