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Lean Six Project Manager

Juana Diaz, PR
October 26, 2018

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Orlando Colón-Guzmán

HC- ** Box ***** Juana Díaz, PR 00795

787-***-**** / 787-***-****


Agronomist with a BS in Crop and Soils Sciences and a MS in Plant Physiology, with over 10 years of experience in Biotech-Ag Industry in various roles ranging from field work execution and supervision to project implementation and management. Field science work, technology and innovation enthusiast.


Plant Physiology

Soil Sciences

Soy and Corn Entomology

Soybean Crop and general breeding

Trait Efficacy Field trials

Regulated Transgenic traits

Project Leader

Staff mentor

LEAN Certified

ISO 9000

Field Experiment Design

Microsoft Office Proficient

Data collection app developing

Full Bilingual (Spanish/English)

Professional Experience

DuPont Pioneer: Crop Trait Characterization and Development: 2010-2018

Senior Research Associate (Project Manager)

Implemented the Trait Characterization project in Puerto Rico from scratch. Accountable for all population development activities in partnership with Scientists in US and South America and local leaders.

Lead staff of permanent and temporary employees

Coordinate field experiments of several discovery and transgenic projects. Frequent field agronomic evaluations and trait efficacy measurements to assist with transgenic event characterization.

Execute trait efficacy trials, experiment design for best efficacy data, data collection app development, leaf damage scoring techniques, species collection for protein analysis.

Accountable for compliance of Regulatory Performance Standards and Stewardship of regulated transgenic materials and protocols.

Lean Six Sigma practices

Frequently audited by USDA and ISO 9000 parties with outstanding compliance record

Corrective Preventing Action (CAPA) execution

Manage workload and resources

DuPont Pioneer: Soybean Research and Development, Salinas: 2005 - 2009

Research Associate

Lead the Soybean Research and Development Program

Temporary and professional staff supervision for all activities from planting planning to harvest

Process improvement via LEAN Six Sigma

Safety Hazard and Environmental practices trained

Field data collection and management on company’s database

Managed Marker Assisted Sampling

Ensure compliance of Regulatory agencies

Operate harvest combines and threshers

Created and implemented Microsoft Access Plants Threshing databases

Created and implemented PDAs apps for field data collection

DuPont Pioneer: Soybean Research and development, Salinas PR: 2001 – 2005

Research Assistant

Supervise soybean crossing activities and staff.

Coordinate daily activities from planting to harvest.

Field maps, field data, planting and harvest reports, herbicide screening

Field Pest and disease monitoring

Crop Irrigation

Combine Harvest, Plant threshers

Seed drying, shelling and shipping

DuPont Pioneer: IPM and Diagnosis Laboratory, Salinas, PR: 2001

Intern Agronomist

Conducted field scouting for pests identification and control

HOBO station monitoring

Perform tests in the Diagnostic Lab for pathogens identification

Report incidence of the different pests and pathogens

Agriculture Insurance Corporation of Puerto Rico: 2000– 2001

Inspector Agronomist

Conducted farm inspections in order to qualify farmers for an insurance coverage against natural disasters.

Evaluated the farm according to specific agronomic guidelines and specific characteristics for different crops

DuPont Pioneer: Backcross & Genetics Nurseries, Salinas PR: 1999 – 2000

Intern Agronomist

Supervised field work in corn nurseries

Got experience in planting preparation, maps, pollination, experiment designs, marker assisted sampling, field data collection and record

Tropical Agriculture Research Service (T.A.R.S), Mayaguez, PR: 1998

Intern Agronomist

Soybean Cyst Nematode project

oAssist Project for identification and monitoring of the SCN in the field for various soybean varieties.

Soil Analytical laboratory

oSoil samples lab analysis with Atomic Adsorption.

Tissue culture laboratory

oPerformed tissue culture for tropical crops


Master of Science: Plant Physiology, University of Illinois, Champaign

Bachelor of Science: Agronomy & Soil Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

Certifications & Interests

Agronomist License 4114

Private pesticide license

Driver Cat 6 License

Fork lift driver

Soybean Combines

LEAN Six Sigma

ISO 9000


File Maker



Microsoft: (Excel, Access, Power Point)

Cycling enthusiast

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