Three industry-leading universities converged their talents, science and industry knowledge to create the training courses and engage directly with course participants. We can’t wait for you to meet and learn from our experts. They’re forward-thinking. They’re thought-provoking. They’re globally minded but locally grounded.


Dr. Carlos Campabadal, SEC of the Americas Center Lead

Carlos is a faculty member of the Department of Grain Science and Industry that works at the International Grains Program Institute (IGP) as an extension specialist focusing on outreach in grain storage, quality and processing, U.S. grain grading and export systems, and feed manufacturing. Carlos is originally from Costa Rica and is well-versed in markets across Latin America. Carlos received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Costa Rica, his MS in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Ph.D. in agricultural and biological engineering from Purdue University. He focused on research work involving grain storage and quality management. His industry experience is in feed manufacturing as a process and maintenance engineer and in animal production management in Costa Rica.


Dr. Wilmer Pacheco

Dr. Wilmer Pacheco is an extension specialist and associate professor in the Department of Poultry Science at Auburn University. He is the main or secondary author of 16 research articles and 65 popular press articles. His research is focused on the interrelationships between feed milling, nutrition, and physiology on poultry performance. Previously, Dr. Pacheco worked as a feed mill supervisor with Murphy Brown LLC, where he was responsible for overseeing the production of pelleted feed each week. He received his B.S. in Food Science from the Pan-American School of Agriculture in Honduras, and his MS in Poultry Science and Ph.D. in Nutrition and Physiology from North Carolina State University. Dr. Pacheco has been invited to give over 100 lectures locally, nationally and internationally.


Edward Moncada, MBA

Edward Moncada received a Agricultural Sciences Technician degree and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural sciences from Zamorano University, Pan-American Agriculture School, Honduras. He focused on finance for his Master of Business Administration from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras. In addition, Mr. Moncada focuses on seed science and technology; grain and seed postharvest, processing and storage; seed quality and physiology, productive resource management and agro-industrial plant design.

Dr. Raul Espinal

Dr. Raul Espinal is a professor of grain science and technology and experimental design in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Zamorano University, Pan-American Agriculture School, Honduras. Dr. Espinal is a member of the Honor Society of Agriculture, Gamma Sigma Delta, and the Honor Society of Food Science, Phi Tau Sigma. Dr. Espinal’s areas of focus include food grains, food security and sustainable agriculture. Dr. Espinal received an agronomy degree from Zamorano University in 1980, and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University’s Department of Entomology in 1993, emphasizing control of stored pests in food grains, along with a minor in agriculture economics. He also has a post-doctorate from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA/Africa), researching a storage pest in some countries in western and eastern Africa and Latin America.