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Wed, 08/09/2017

Wei-Chieh “Jesse” Tsao, Food Science & Human Nutrition student is today’s spotlight.

Jesse earned his B.S. in Agricultural Chemistry from National Taiwan University, where he was involved in numerous contests and projects. He was given the opportunity to work not only in food science, but consulting and trading as well. All of these experiences led Jesse to pursue his M.S. in the Illinois Professional Science Master’s program where he could combine his passion for food and business. This summer Jesse is working for Abbott Nutrition in the University of Illinois Research Park as a Lipid Oxidation Intern and worked in the Engeseth Laboratory here on campus. Jesse’s career goal is to merge is interests and work in marketing for a food company.

Mon, 08/07/2017

Our next Student Spotlight is Faith Kemme, Agricultural Production student focusing on Crop Production.

Faith grew up on her family farm in Central Illinois and she knew since she was little that she planned to study and work in the agricultural field. She earned her B.S. in Agricultural and Consumer Economics, with a crop and soil management minor right here at the University of Illinois. During her undergraduate studies, Faith completed a sales and marketing internship with CNH Industrial, a technology and development internship with Monsanto, and assisted on her family farm. All of her experiences led her to pursue her M.S. in Agricultural Production. Faith is interning this summer at Wendte Farms, a family owned farm in Altamont, IL where she is getting to experience all aspects of running and managing a grain operation.

Mon, 08/07/2017

Yujian “Det” Yang is our ninth Geographic Information Science (GIS) student spotlight of the summer.

His interest in GIS can be traced back to when he was in high school and enjoying his courses in geography and computer science. Det decided to turn his interest into a career by gaining his B.E. in Geographic Information Science from China University of Geosciences. He completed numerous projects during his undergraduate experience, including his final project of analysis of emotional space-time distribution based on social media data. It is no surprise that some of Det’s main areas of interest include data science, social media analytics, and data visualization. This summer, Det is using his skills as a GIS intern for Dow AgroSciences here at Research Park

Fri, 07/28/2017

Jianwen “Daniel” Zhang, Geographic Information Science student is our last spotlight of the week.

Daniel’s GIS journey began during his undergraduate studies at Peking University in his home country of China. While working towards his B.S. in Geographic Information Science, he was involved in numerous projects, including leading a team of four to design and build a running app for Android. He also served as a research assistant and did a remote sensing internship with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This summer, Daniel is enhancing his software and programming skills by interning with ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute) in Redlands, California as their Software Products Intern. 

Fri, 07/28/2017

Jessica “Jesse” Soule is one of our Agricultural Production students focusing on Sustainable Production Systems.

She has always had an interest in the environment which is why she chose to obtain a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management with an International Development and Political Science minor from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. While a student, Jesse was involved in numerous environmentally conscious clubs, projects and internships where she helped build and sustain gardens, rehabilitate inner city residential structures, and campaign to restore the Mississippi River Delta. This summer she is working for the Jefferson Conservation District in Colorado as their Urban Agriculture Intern. Her role is allowing her to work with new urban farmers, identify their needs and goals and provide them with technical and educational assistance. She is also getting to work on the business side by managing some of the social media and creating brochures.