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Tue, 07/25/2017

Hao Zhang is our mid-week student spotlight and is working towards his M.S. degree in our Geographic Information Science program.

He comes to the program with numerous GIS related projects under his belt from his undergraduate studies at Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in his home country of China. Hao’s main interest is in programming and he is spending this summer as a Web Developer and Data Visualization Intern at CEB, a Gartner company. CEB is a best practice insights and technology company, with a Data Innovation Center in our Research Park. When he is not working on a project, Hao enjoys the fine arts, including film, painting, and music.

Mon, 07/24/2017

Our first spotlight of the week is Maria “Vicky” Baraldi, Food Science and Human Nutrition graduate student.

Vicky is involved in many organizations and activities on campus including the Illinois Leadership Program and the Student Advising on Graduate Education (SAGE) group. She graduated from Ibero-American University with a B.S. in Food Engineering and worked for L’atelier Du Chocolat and Kua Mex Foods before starting her M.S. degree. This summer she is combining her science and business skills at Campbell’s Soups in Camden, New Jersey as a Beverage Product Development Intern. Vicky’s main interests are in research and development, formulation and marketing of food products. Vicky is advised by Dr. Nicki Engeseth, Professor of Food Chemistry and Associate Head for Graduate Programs in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Tue, 07/18/2017
The final spotlight of the week is Bethany Sullivan, Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) student.
 
During her undergraduate studies at Concordia University in Wisconsin, Bethany realized she wanted to pursue a career in the food industry. Coming from a Chemistry background, she knew she could use her applied science skills in the research and development field. This summer she is doing just that in Beloit, Wisconsin at Kerry Ingredients where she is the beverage department research and development intern. In this role, Bethany gets to prepare samples for beverage tastings and sensory panels, take measurements in the laboratory and work in the pilot plant.
 
Tue, 07/18/2017

Our midweek spotlight is Lalita Nivasnanda, Agricultural Production student.

Lalita is one of our Illinois PSM Student Ambassadors which help with various recruitment activities and other events. She earned her B.S. in Animal Sciences right here at the University of Illinois and is continuing down that education path as a food animal production focused graduate student. Her interest in animals led her this summer to PAWS Chicago, a no-kill animal shelter serving the greater Chicago area. Her role this summer is serving as an adoptions counselor where she speaks with potential adopters about animal care including veterinary visits, behavior classes, microchip information and more. 

Mon, 07/17/2017

The first spotlight of the week is Han “Hank” Yue, Bioprocessing and Bioenergy student.

Hank’s passion for bioenergy began during his undergraduate study at Beijing Institute of Technology in his home country of China. He noticed how the environment was being destroyed by fossil fuels and wanted to use his biotechnology knowledge to help solve some of the energy and environmental problems facing his community. His previous bachelor degrees in Biotechnology and Economics are helping him combine all aspects of business with bioprocessing and bioenergy. This summer, Hank is getting the unique opportunity to do a two part internship, the first half in academia and the 2nd half in industry. The first half of his internship was working as a research assistant in Dr. Vijay Sing’s laboratories within the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL). Recently, he started the 2nd half of his internship at Devotion Corporation in Guangzhou, China. Devotion is a bioenergy company focusing on biomass moulding fuel, biomass-gas fuel, and biomass-oil fuel.

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