2013

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Adrian Carbo

Adria graduated in Barcelona, Spain, with a major in Biotechnology and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Immunology and Computational Biology in the GBCB program at Virginia Tech. His main research focus is the study of immune responses combining experimental, novel immunology techniques with computational strategies such as computational immunology and immunoinformatics.

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Courtney Crist Virginia TechFood Science and Technology

Courtney is a PhD student in Food Science and Technology. She is also involved in the Water INTERface Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program (IGEP). She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion at Mississippi State University. Her research focuses on bridging communication gaps through studying public perception and emotional response as it relates to food and water processing and technology.

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Bahareh Estejab Virginia TechDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Bahareh is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical engineering department at Virginia Tech.  She has a B.S. from Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran and an M.S in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, Lexington. Her research focuses on coal and biomass gasification using computational fluid dynamics. She is a member of the Dean’s graduate team and an ASME student member.

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Cody Gillin

Cody graduated with his MS in Forestry in 2013. His research explored GIS applications in natural resource management with an emphasis in soils and hydrology. While Cody considers himself the Daniel Day-Lewis of interdisciplinary research, most compare him to Don Knotts. He currently works as a Project Manager for Trout Unlimited in Seattle, Washington.

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Mary Harman Virginia TechDepartment of Geography

Mary is a Master’s student in the Department of Geography and is also working towards Certificates in International Research and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research focuses on exploring the implications of gender relations on the adoption of conservation agriculture in the Philippines

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Neda Mohammadi Virginia TechCollege of Architecture and Urban Studies

Neda is pursuing her Ph.D. at the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.  She studied Civil Engineering as an undergraduate in Iran and Structural Engineering for her Masters in the UK.

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Raul Saucedo

Raul earned a B.S. in Food Science & Technology with a minor in chemistry at Virginia Tech; MS in Fisheries Sciences at the University of Nagasaki, Japan and worked for several private companies as well in the governmental sector in Panama.  He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology.  His research focuses on Post-harvest surface treatments using antiseptics and medical devices to reduce human pathogens and biofilm formation on the surface agriculture commodities

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Kyle L Schutt Virginia TechDepartment of Computer Science

Kyle Schutt is an MS student working with Dr. Osman Balci in the Mobile Software Engineering Lab and Peter Sforza at the Center for Geospatial Information Technology. He is also a co-owner and software engineer for a veterinary hospital. He spends his free time golfing, snowboarding, and generally being outdoors.

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Michael Stewart

Michael is a fourth-year graduate student in Human-Computer Interaction in Virginia Tech’s Dept. of Computer Science, Michael is interested in studying HCI from an interdisciplinary perspective, including Human Factors, Psychology, Education, and Design.

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Aili Wang

Aili Wang is from China and is a Ph.D. student of Food Science and Technology Department.  Her research focuses on the iron-binding proteins of bovine milk and human saliva, and the effect of iron in drinking water on the protein composition of milk.

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Daniel Youngstrom

Dan is a PhD candidate in the department of Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences (BMVS) and a Doctoral Scholar at the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS). He received his BS in Biophysics at the University of Michigan in 2010 before arriving at Virginia Tech, and is currently conducting research in orthopedic tissue engineering at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg.

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