Posted: September 29, 2011

The El Salvador native is the director of global research development operations -- Latin America at Mead Johnson Nutrition, a global leader in pediatric nutrition. He has had a very productive international career as an engineer, food scientist and research and development manager in El Salvador, Ecuador, the United States, the Netherlands and Mexico.

Aguilar, who earned his doctorate in food science from Penn State in 1993, specialized in chocolate and spray-dried milk powders. His work in the microstructure of milk powders is broadly cited and his specialization in this area has continued with Mead Johnson Nutrition.

He was recognized for his teaching with the 1990 McCarthy Graduate Student Teaching Award at Penn State and was an adjunct professor in the foods and nutrition program at the University of Southern Indiana before moving to the Netherlands in 2009. He has also received multiple awards at Mead Johnson, including a President's Award in 2006 and an Excellence in Action Award in 2007.

Aguilar and his wife Vera currently live with their son Alberto in Mexico City, Mexico.

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