John Castura -Biography

John Castura is Vice President of Research & Innovation at Compusense, Inc. in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. His responsibilities include software development and research. Research interests include sensory method development and evaluation, including rapid and efficient sensory methods, temporal sensory methods, sensory discrimination testing, and sensometric applications. John’s academic background includes a specialized undergraduate degree in Zoology (University of Guelph), an undergraduate certificate in Computing & Information Systems (Athabasca University), a graduate certificate in Applied Statistics (Colorado State University), and a Master's degree in Statistics (University of Guelph).

John developed a taste for sensory evaluation as a trained Scotch whisky panelist on a descriptive sensory panel. He now has more than 15 years of experience in the field, and is an increasingly active contributor. He has several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He has given numerous oral and poster presentations at scientific meetings, as well as invited talks, seminars, and tutorials.

John performs reviews for several peer-reviewed journals and serves on the Food Quality and Preference editorial board. He was elected Chair of the Sensometric Society (2016-2020). He serves on ASTM Committee E18 Sensory Evaluation, where he chairs the Equivalence workgroup, and on ASTM Committee E11 Quality and Statistics. He is a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists and a member of the American Statistical Association. Previously, he served as Member At Large of the Society of Sensory Professionals Executive Committee 2014-2016, Vice-Chair of the Sensometric Society (2010-2014), and was the Scientific Committee chair of the Sensometrics 2014 meeting.

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