Hi, I’m Ana! I am a first year PhD student working under Dr. Lance Schideman in the Bioenvironmental Engineering group. Currently, my research focus is in anaerobic digestion of waste materials for bioenergy production. I am originally from the small, desert town of Ridgecrest, California, but I obtained my BS degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the University of Florida in 2009 - Go Gators! It has been an experience adjusting to Illinois weather, but even so I enjoy being outdoors, sports, and spending time with friends.
I graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering in May 2011 and am continuing my second year as a Master's student at UIUC, with a concentration in soil and water resources engineering. As a native of the upstate of South Carolina (near the Blue Ridge Mountains), I've been fortunate enough to have spent most of my life near beautiful mountains and streams - the flatlands here are something I'll definitely have to get used to! I love being outdoors, creating and listening to music of all kinds, and trying new foods. I look forward to serving the members of the ABE GSA!
Hi! My name is Rekha. I am a second year PhD student working with Dr. Bhalerao in the Biological Engineering group. My research focuses (in very simple words) on behavior of E. coli under nutritional stress and how to incorporate the favorable behavior in synthetic gene networks. I completed my B.Tech in Biotechnology from India and started my masters in 2009. In whatever time that remains I like to catch up with my reading. I also love museums and can spend hours exploring them.
Hi, I’m Taylor! After completing my Bachelor’s in ABE at the University of Illinois in May 2012, I decided to pursue a MS degree in Soil and Water Resources Engineering. At present, I conduct my research at CERL for the Army Corps of Engineers, with Dr. Kalita serving as my fearless advisor. When I’m not in class or researching, I can be found spending time with friends, traveling, or just enjoying the great outdoors.
Hi, I'm Zhongzhong. I'm a MS student working with Dr. Yuanhui Zhang. I came to the U of I after graduating from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Now my research focuses on computational fluid dynamics and HVAC technologies. I'm a big fan of sports especially football (NOT American football!) and badminton. That's why I became the Athletics Chair of GSA. I look forward to meeting you all on the sports field and having tons of fun!
I am a third year Ph.D. student studying under Dr. Xinlei Wang. My research is focused on energy efficiency in the built environment and I am currently the student president of the Illinois Solar Decathlon Team RSO. I grew up near Cincinnati, OH but I completed my undergraduate studies in Aerospace Engineering in 2008 and then my M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2010 at the University of Illinois. My family now lives near Peoria, IL where, as an avid outdoorsman, I enjoy fishing and hunting in my free time. I also like to play soccer and volleyball. I look forward to serving as your social chair and spending some quality time with everyone this year!
Hi, I’m Abhishek! I am a second year PhD student working with Dr. Bhalerao in the Biological Engineering group. My doctoral research focuses on ‘Environmental Impact of Nanotechnology’. I am also a teaching assistant for the sophomore course in Human Anatomy and Physiology (and teaching a cadaver lab is really interesting!). I got my undergrad in Chemical Engineering from India and M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with minor in Environmental Engineering Sciences from University of Florida-Gainesville. My thesis project was funded by NASA where I designed waste to energy system for NASA’s upcoming lunar mission. In the long term I am interested in development of the processes that will enhance sustainability of biofuel production, waste reduction and energy generation. Besides working in lab and teaching, I enjoy reading newspapers and keeping up with current affairs, travelling, having fun and cooking authentic Indian curries and traditional desserts! I look forward to serving as a sustainability chair and bringing the green pride to the department.
Hi, I’m Matthew. I’m a second year MS student in the Bioenvironmental Engineering group. My interest in renewable energy technologies has directed my research towards comparing hydrothermal catalytic gasification to anaerobic digestion, and enhancing both processes. Born and raised in Sacramento, CA, I attended University of California, Davis for my BS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with a minor in Statistics. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new genres of music and expanding my audio software and hardware knowledge.