Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Graduate Student Association Officers - 2014-2015

Tim Rendall


Tim Rendall

My name is Tim Rendall.  I was am from Bartlett, IL.  I received my BS in Technical Systems Management in May 2013 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The following fall I started to pure my graduate degree in the department.  I work with advisor Dr. Richard Cooke and have research interest in agricultural water quality.



Kaneeka Sood

Internal Vice President

Kaneeka Sood

I am Kaneeka Sood and I'm from one of the biggest cities in the world - New Delhi, India. Currently my MS focus is on post-harvest losses in grains and to quantify these losses during storage step of the supply chain.  My undergraduate was in Biological Process Engineering where I got to work in the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Energy at Purdue followed by cancer research experience with DOD and NIH post-graduation and finally with UIUC's Energy Biosciences Institute. When I'm not bound to my lab or office, I often find myself running off to visit new places/countries to experience different food and culture. I'm a huge believer of 'trying everything at least once'- well, almost everything!


Jaime Thissen

External Vice President

Jaime Thissen

Jaime Thissen’s research interests are in energy development, sustainability and international policy.  He is currently a SURGE Fellow and is working with Dr. Davidson on developing cattail resource project relating to biomass extraction and water quality.  This past summer he conducted multidisciplinary sustainability research regarding the Amazon Rainforest as a Summer Predoctoral Fellow.  Jaime is a nine-time scholarship winner, former McNair Scholar, McNair Fellow and is a former array team member of the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project.  He has previously worked with the USDA, UNEP and Buccleuch Estates in Scotland.  He has also given numerous research presenations.

Peng Zhang


Peng Zhang

Hi, my name is Peng Zhang. I am a Ph.D. student working with Dr. Yuanhui Zhang.  I am from Sichuan, China. I received my B.S. from Renmin University of China. My focus in research is on renewable energy/bioenergy, aiming at shortening the petroleum generation from geological time scale to laboratory time scale. I love exploring nature (sometimes with my camera) so I go hiking, camping, and rock climbing whenever I get a chance.



Sudhams Komanduri

Hi friends! I am Sudhams R Komanduri and I did my under graduation in India. I am currently doing MS in ABE department in U of I under the able guidance of Dr. Xinlei Wang. My research interests are Renewable energy and Hvac systems. It is my immense pleasure to be a part of the highly motivated ABE student group and make an active contribution to the agricultural community.



Social Chair

Mike Schaffer

I am a Freeburg Community High School Midget alumnus and Fighting Illini student through and through. He's studying high strength wastewater reuse with Dr. Schideman and appreciates punctuality, concision, a sharp wit, and studying the "Art of Manliness".  If you want to grow in knowledge and general capability, you can study under his tutelage by helping plan a social event this school year.



Jude Holscher

Athletics Chair

Jude Holscher

I am a second year Master’s student in TSM at UIUC, working under Dr. Paul Davidson.  My research is currently focused on cover cropping’s effect on nitrate and phosphorus leaching.  I am from a small town, Palestine, located in central Illinois.  I received my B.S. in Agricultural Engineering in 2010.  Following graduation, I worked for an environmental consulting firm and also farmed.  My real passion is sustainable agriculture, but I also enjoy activity such as sport and hiking, and whatever keeps me outdoors.



Yanxi Lu

Hi I am Yanxi Lu. I am first year MS student under advisement of Dr. Angela Green. I graduated from the Ohio State University in Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2014 and I am originally from Wuhan, China. I enjoy spending time in gym, reading, watching movie and traveling. It is amazing to be one of members in ABE and I look forward to getting to know all of you!


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