Moustafa Agag has always had a passion for problem solving and improving the quality of people’s lives, so when it came to choosing his co-op, he knew he wanted to make an impact. He found a perfect fit with Johnson and Johnson.
“If you hypothetically ask me about an invention that the world needs, the answer would always be a product that can positively affect people’s health and wellness. And that is exactly what J&J has been doing for the past 135 years, working every day to invent and discover new ways to prevent and overcome the world's most significant healthcare challenges.”
Agag, a fourth-year chemical engineering student, is working in research and new product development.
“Currently, I work on developing over-the-counter products, such as Tylenol and Zyrtec. I’m also currently working on a confidential product that’s expected to go out to the market in June of 2024.”
“Some of the new things I learned so far include learning new laboratory techniques, maintaining records in accordance with cGMP, developing, testing, and scaling up new formulated products and ingredients in support of proof-of-concept ideations,” he says. “These are all things that directly connect to chemical engineering.”
Agag’s interest in pursuing the healthcare and pharmaceutical aspects of chemical engineering stem from his first co-op at West Pharmaceutical Services. As part of the Finished Goods team, he spent a lot of time doing hands-on work in the laboratory. The experience let him to Johnson and Johnson and has been integral to his development as a student and a professional.
“I knew that I wanted to learn more about this industry, and it (co-op) has reaffirmed my professional goals,” he says. “This is why I have decided to continue with the healthcare industry through working at Johnson and Johnson. If you look at J&J, its main mission is to contribute to society by healthcare. It is a corporation that keeps growing, which will in turn give me new opportunities to grow as a professional.”
Coming full circle, Agag’s professional goals have aligned with the passions that led him to choosing to study chemical engineering to begin with.
“One of the main reasons why I decided to major in chemical engineering is its ability to constantly improve the quality of people’s lives, and this is also one of the main reasons why I am here today at J&J and in the healthcare industry - to help in improving the quality of peoples’ lives.”