CNJIFT Dinner Meetings

Virtual Student Night & Poster Presentations

Date:          Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Title:          NYIFT Virtual Student Night & Poster Presentations

4:30 – 5:30 pm    Student Poster Presentations
5:30 – 6:00 pm     Awards Ceremony: Scholarship Awards and Poster Winners Announced
***Two Scholarships will be presented in memory of Mark Moisey and Andy Estal***

6:00 – 6:45 pm   
Presentation: The Importance of Sensory Evaluation in the Evolving Food Industry
Meera Patel, Senior Technologist, Global Sensory – Ingredion Incorporated
Venue:       Virtual


Ms. Meera Patel is a Senior Technologist with the Global Sensory Team at Ingredion Incorporated. In her current role, she focuses on understanding plant-based proteins and their influences on the sensory profiles of various applications including meat alternatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Science from Rutgers University where she conducted her senior thesis research on the aroma profiles of fresh basil cultivars and the relationship to their volatile chemical compositions. Before attending graduate school, Ms. Patel gained experience in consumer market research as a Project Manager at Curion. She earned a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she studied the drivers of and factors involved in picky eating behavior in young children. In her free time, Ms. Patel enjoys using her understanding of food and sensory science to cook, bake, and experiment with new recipes. 



This year’s Student Night and Poster Presentations will be conducted virtually. Everyone will have the ability to view the Student Poster Presentations on the NYIFT Virtual Galleria Floor Plan at There is no charge to participate, but pre-registration is required. Complete the registration form below.  

Each student will have their own booth where you will find their contact information, including the abstract and any other information that the student would like to share such as a video, pictures and links. 

Once you register, you will receive complete instructions on how you can interact with the students during the poster presentation hour of 4:30 – 5:30 pm and how to participate in the Awards Ceremony and Speaker Presentations from 5:30 – 6:45 pm. 

Don’t miss out on this annual event which you can now join right from your own office or home and it is FREE to participate!! 


Register here.

Once you submit your reservation, you will receive an email confirmation and be directed to the payment page.