2016

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Mubashir Ansari Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityChemical Engineering

Mubashir Ansari obtained his Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (B.H.U) Varanasi in 2012. He later worked as Process Engineer for 2 years at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, supervising Hydrogen Generation Unit. In Fall 2014, he joined Virginia Tech as Ph.D. Student in Chemical Engineering. He works in Dr. Donald Baird’s group on fabrication of continuously reinforced filaments for Fused Filament Fabrication, one of the types of 3D Printing.

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Vaishali Dharmarha Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityFood Science Technology

Vaishali is a doctoral student in Food Science and Technology. Her research focuses on the implications of post-harvest interventions on the antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes in fresh produce using high-throughput sequencing technologies. Vaishali worked for a cooperative food safety research, education, and extension project of the University of Maryland, Department of Nutrition and Food Science and USDA’s Agricultural Research Service from 2009-2015. She received her Master’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Vaishali is a Certified Food Scientist and a member of the International Association for Food Protection.

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Laura Dodson Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityAgricultural and Applied Economics

Laura obtained a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia in 2014. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Agricultural and Applied economics, focused primarily on health and environmental economics. Her thesis research is an interdisciplinary examination of water quality indicators and agricultural land use in rural Maine.

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Jessica E. Wynn Virginia Polytechnic and State UniversityChemistry

Jessica Wynn is currently finishing her Ph.D. under the direction of Webster L. Santos in the Department of Chemistry at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on functionalizing branched peptides containing unnatural amino acids as a scaffold for targeting folded RNA structures. Previously, she obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in Spanish from Virginia Tech and has worked in the energetics industry as a Lead Process Chemist and Process Engineer at Alliant Techsystems. Future research interests include developing therapeutics to combat neurodegenerative diseases.

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