I feel very privileged to be a part of the School of Engineering. I am currently the Vice-President (External Affairs) of the Graduate Engineering Society (GES), and the Captain of the GES Football Team.
GES FOOTBALL TEAM: 2007 Indoor Football Intramural Champions
Carlos A. Daza Donoso
In order to allocate limited resources between activities to reduce a wide variety of Foodborne Risks to the Canadian population, we are working on a Risk Prioritization Framework which aggregates a wide range of information about specific pathogen-product combinations. This information includes quantitative data such as rate of infections, industry performance, and cost of illness; qualitative data such as severity of illness and risk perception; and substantial uncertainty such as underreporting multipliers and dose-response relationships. Microbial Risk Assessment (MRA) represents an integral component of this framework.
My name is Carlos, and I come from a small town called Ascázubi in Ecuador, South America. I have a Food Science background, but after several years of working in the Canadian and South American food industries I discovered a fascination for Engineering.
My MSc. project focuses on the application of Multi-criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) in the ranking of different pathogens according to their overall risk. The Microbial Risk Assessment provides most of the factual information required to characterize criteria. Each criterion is assigned a unique relative weight. The performance of each pathogen is scored according to these criteria using utility functions, with values from 0 to 1. Utility functions are developed using multidisciplinary expertise and experience, and can be linear or non-linear. Once a “performance matrix” is developed we will rank pathogens using different MCDA tools such as the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), Multi-Attribute Utility Theory (MAUT), or Outranking Methods.