News and Events

Fri, 08/10/2018

Calvin Hsu, Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) student, earned a dual B.A. and B.S. from the University of California Davis in Statistics and Food Science and Technology.

As an undergraduate, Calvin was a member of the UC Davis men’s rugby and rowing teams. When he wasn’t playing sports, he was conducting sensory studies and statistical analysis in various sensory science labs. He also helped construct the Davis Sensory Institute with senior researchers where he developed the website, floor plans and more. Calvin’s real passion is in beverage science, during one of his classes he brewed various veers which led him to win the UC Davis Iron Brew contest. His brew, Underdog IPA was released by Sudwerk Brewing Company in 2017. Calvin hopes to continue his career in the brewing industry as a brewmaster or in brewery sensory science. He also has interests in creating healthier food and beverage products.

This summer, Calvin is back in California working for DelMonte as a Research and Development Intern in their fruit division.


Fri, 08/10/2018

Haotian Xiao, Bioprocessing & Bioenergy student is our final spotlight of the week.

He began his collegiate career at Peking University in his home country of China where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Applied Mathematics. During his undergraduate studies, Haotian worked as a research assistant and served as a representative for numerous groups. He also had the chance to lead a few projects, including a high-efficiency lighting planning project.

This summer, Haotian is using his biological science background at the University of Pennsylvania, Orphan Disease Center where he is working as a research assistant for their gene therapy program.

Fri, 08/10/2018

Our next spotlight is Yoki Zhao, Agricultural Production student.

Yoki earned her B.S. in Horticulture from Beijing University of Ag, in her home country of China.  She held a couple of internships at Special Vegetable Garden where she was an analyst and another within the Chinese Academy of Science where she worked as a Research assistant. So far in her graduate studies, she has served as a research assistant in Dr. DoKyoung Lee’s lab where they improve perennial grasses to use for sustainable biomass and bioenergy feedstocks. This summer, Yoki was able to learn more about nurseries in the United States as a rotational intern for Bailey’s Nurseries.

Fri, 08/10/2018

Aaron King, Geographic Information Science (GIS) is the first spotlight of the week.

Aaron came into the Illinois PSM program after working for a few years and holding numerous internships. He earned his B.S. in Geography and Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Since he graduated with his undergraduate degree, he has worked for Pangea Studios as a GIS Analyst, National Geographic Society as a GIS/Geography Intern, Intalytics as a GIS Analyst and Continental Mapping as a Geospatial Technician. His passion for biology and nature also led him to do a travel study program at Yellowstone National Park and a Global Water Management study from Iceland to Norway. He also spent some time working as a kayak guide in Wisconsin.

His career goal is to perform GIS analysis or consulting within the environmental or alternative energy sectors. Currently, Aaron is getting to experience GIS consulting as he helps students, faculty, and staff across campus with projects containing GIS components at the University of Illinois Scholarly Commons.


Fri, 08/10/2018

Laura Lopez Ortiz is our final Food Science and Human Nutrition Student Spotlight.

Before starting her Master’s Degree, Laura earned her M.D. from the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo in her home country of the Dominican Republic. While studying, she was a research volunteer and participated in numerous clinical and surgical related conferences. Upon graduation, she worked as a medical assistant at Centro Medico Antillano and then moved to a supervisor position at the Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics. One of the items she regularly spoke about to patients was dietetics and nutrition. This led her to pursue a master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition here at the University of Illinois. Laura is still exploring what path in the food and nutrition industry she wants to go down but enjoys the marketing aspects. This summer, she is working for Autumn Berry Inspired here in Champaign-Urbana. She is getting the opportunity to see everything from the creation of autumn berry products, supply chain, and marketing.