FIC has built a unique team of industry veterans whose experience spans a broad array of disciplines. These include innovation, culinary, insights, business analysis, strategy, business development, research & development, operations, manufacturing, food safety, quality assurance, marketing, sales, and sales strategy. Their experience reaches across multiple channels: retail, foodservice, food trucks, catering and business start-ups.
Executive Director, Economic Development and Innovation
Sr. Associate Director, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Peggy is the founder and administrator in charge of the Food Innovation Center. She provides oversight and guidance for this internationally recognized business incubation program.
Nolan is currently responsible for managing both the FIC South and North facilities and staff as the Executive Director. He is also responsible for oversight of manufacturing operations at both locations, ensuring that the production of products meets all regulatory requirements and the facilities are maintained to meet USDA standards.
Associate Director, Food Technology
In her role as Associate Director of Food Technology, Julie leads the R&D and Culinary Innovation team responsible for product development, process testing and validation, ingredient and packaging selection and specification, nutrition analysis and labeling consultation, and the entire technical process from concept to commercialization.
Assistant Director, Finance and Administration
Senior Maintenance Mechanic
Steve is responsible for ensuring that day to day mechanical operations at FIC South run smoothly. This includes providing assistance with production, maintenance of all facility equipment and mechanical systems, and assisting in the R&D process.
Joyce’s role is to provide insights, strategic analysis and marketing expertise to help support FIC and their clients in identifying new opportunities for growth.
As a member of the R&D and Culinary Innovation Team, Dot provides technical guidance in areas such as ingredient sourcing, product development and process development and validation.
Dr. Thomas G. Hartman
Director Mass Spectrometry Operations
Dr. Hartman serves as Director of FIC-Chem’s Mass Spectrometry facility. He and his team provide analytical services in food chemistry, flavors, packaging, polymers, natural products, and pharmaceuticals, as well as expertise in instrumentation design & development and analytical toxicology with a focus on mass spectrometry and chromatography analytical techniques.
Assistant Mass Spectrometrist
Bin prepares samples for all of the analytical testing at the Mass Spec facility.
Manager of Production Planning and Facilities
Martha oversees and manages production planning and product manufacturing at the FIC facility.
Food Technology Associate
Zuri is part of the product development team and assists with all aspects of development through scale up and provides technical support for client projects.
Senior Manager – QA Compliance and Training
Mellonie provides QA testing and oversight for all products manufactured at the center. She is a member of Food Safety Training Team and teaches a variety of food safety courses
Senior Manager of Business Development
Craig Peck is currently the Senior Manager of Business Development at the Food Innovation Center at Rutgers.
As Assistant Administrator, Pauline is responsible for purchasing, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, expense reports, reception, and event coordination, as well as supporting the administrative needs of the training programs.
Plant and Process Engineering Specialist
George is an expert in food process engineering and designing food production plants. He utilizes his extensive experience to provide engineering support to FIC and its clients.
Mass Spectrometry Laboratory Manager
As a food scientist and chemist, his responsibilities include conducting analytical tests for clients spanning from food packaging migration testing to flavor deformulation and beyond. He is responsible for interacting with customers and ensuring that their projects are completed accurately and ina timely fashion.
Food Safety / HACCP Trainer & Auditor
Eva is a member of the food safety training team, providing courses in Spanish. She also assists companies in preparing for food safety audits.
Audrey’s role is to provide insights, strategic analysis and marketing expertise to help support FIC and their clients in identifying new opportunities for growth.