Makini Diaz

Makini Diaz

Hometown

Greater New York City area

Degree programs

Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Sciences with concentrations in Packaging Science and Quality and Applied Statistics

Year of graduation

2010

Place of employment

Elizabeth Arden, Stamford, Conn.

Job title and work responsibilities

My job title is Packaging Development Consultant, and I provide technical support to package development managers for products such as Red Door, Paul Sebastian, Britney Spears fragrances and others. Reviewing and creating component parts for the product packaging is part of my job, as well as initiating and managing related art work components through pre-press proof approval. I also am responsible for executing appropriate packaging testing for shipping, compatibility and chemical resistance.

How my career relates to my degree from RIT/NTID

In this field, typical responsibilities involve developing packaging systems for a variety of products. The ability to work with other engineers in a team environment is very important. My course work at RIT equipped me with the knowledge to be a productive and successful employee for any company that manufactures consumer goods. I took an advanced computer application course using ArtiosCAD software that allows you to rebuild cartons from existing models. My experience in designing, optimum sizing, prototyping, simulation and specification preparation for packaging design has given me the tools required to be a successful member of this work environment.

Advice

Be a standout. Use workshops and seminars to stay abreast of the latest developments in your field, and work hard to sharpen your organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. You’ll need these skills to separate yourself from the field of competitors if you want the best chance to become whatever you want to do in your career.

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