Deepa Agarwal - Pipers Crisps Ltd
Why were you attracted to the KTP scheme?
Following my PhD, I was looking for jobs and wanted to start moving out of the academic environment. I came across the KTP scheme, which includes working with academics as well as being in an industrial setting.
What was your project about and what was your role in it?
My KTP was with Pipers Crisps Ltd, an SME based in Lincolnshire, whose primary business was producing well-seasoned potatoes crisps. There were 3 main aims of the project:
1. Develop a scientific understanding of Pipers Crisps snack food products
2. Increase the flavour stability of the final product by gaining a fundamental knowledge of the flavour science within raw ingredients and production processes
3. Develop a new consumer-driven flavour development approach for new product development
As the primary R&D contact at the company, I was responsible for all R&D related activities which include working closely with marketing, sales teams, production, the technical team as well as a management team.
What was your one project highlight?
It's hard to pick one highlight, as I had an amazing time during my KTP. As the primary R&D contact in the company I was involved in various tasks across the business and delivered a number of high-impact projects. If I really had to pick one highlight, then launching 2 products worldwide while I was there and 1 post-KTP is probably it. The entire Pipers team from management to technical and production teams were incredible and really contributed to my experience.
What’s your one top tip for someone thinking about applying for a KTP?
Go for it! There’s a wealth of information out there on KTP, so speak to the company and academic supervisor you are going to work with, and join any groups for KTP on LinkedIn. Talk to your local KTP team for more information about the collaboration you’re applying for.
Ultimately, it's great platform – working in an academic and industrial setting means you get exposure to the best of both worlds.
What have you done since KTP?
After my KTP I undertook a 12 month Post Doctoral role in the Food Science department at the University of Nottingham, where I worked in collaboration with the Plant Science department, focused on challenges in using different varieties of wheat in the food industry.
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