Hello. My name is Angela Morresi and I am a proud 2017 Montclair State University (MSU) graduate. I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Food Science, and am currently working as a Product Development Technician at Aii, Inc.
I feel my experience at MSU provided me with a great foundation for my future as well as my current position. Since this program is a hybrid of nutrition and food science, the curriculum is based on all aspects of the food industry. I learned a lot about the FDA’s rules and regulations, daily recommended values, food additives, food processing machines, food safety and sanitation, among many other topics. I use the knowledge acquired from my degree every day at work, whether it’s making nutrition labels, ingredient statements, customizing formulations or the sensory evaluation of products.
It was at a Food Science Club Meeting where I met my future boss. I was speaking with her about internship opportunities, and was offered an internship under her direction at Aii. During my internship I had the opportunity to work in both R&D (Research and Development) and Quality Control, and received a great deal of hands on experience. I blended ingredients to make different “just add water” drinks, approved blends being made in production, created custom formulas and checked raw materials. The work was very interesting and I was always treated as part of the team, not just an intern. After my internship ended I was asked to stay on until I graduated and was then offered a full-time position. Since working full-time at Aii, I have been in contact with many people in the food industry, traveled on several business trips, exhibited at trade shows, and worked on many different kinds of products. I have formulated coffees, teas, hot chocolates, Keurig K-Cups, fortified drinks, cappuccinos, frappes, etc. I am excited to be part of the expansion of Aii from instant beverages to various kinds of instant waffle and soft serve mixes.
Some advice I would like to offer prospective MSU students looking to pursue a career in Food Science is to stay curious. There’s always something new to learn and learn from as many people as you can. Talk to everyone! Network and be comfortable with being uncomfortable. My experience has shown me it’s when you put yourself out of your comfort zone that you really learn what you’re capable of doing. One final thought - take advantage of all the dedicated professors that work at MSU. They are there to help and have a great deal of knowledge, experience and guidance to share. I couldn’t have been happier with my experience at MSU and I know that if Food Science is your passion you will too.