University of Illinois students engage with postharvest issues

Despite the chaos of the 2020-21 school year, here at ADMI we have had some amazing University of Illinois students helping us out with important research and web development.

Yeon Jun (Y.J.) Park worked with ADMI from summer 2020 to spring 2021 as our web developer and helped improve and update our website. YJ graduated from the University of Illinois in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and chemistry. He works as a software engineer with Echelon Consulting. Check out the new project pages and About Us section on our website.

Madison Gardner worked with ADMI in spring 2021 as a Global Food Security Intern, a program funded by the College of ACES Office of International Programs. In her work for ADMI, Madison researched farmer-producer organizations and women’s self-help groups, and how farmer participation in these groups can affect postharvest losses. She wrote about her experiences for the Voices of ACES blog. Madison graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary health sciences, and a minor in sociology. This fall, she will attend the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health to obtain a master’s degree in public heath epidemiology.

Farzana Shirin has been working with ADMI team this spring and summer as a graduate intern. Her focus has been creating informative content for the ADMI website. She has compiled a comprehensive list of postharvest loss-reducing storage technologies applicable for smallholder farmers in South Asia. This content will be available soon as downloadable tech sheets. Farzana will continue to work with ADMI throughout the summer. She is the third year of her Ph.D. program in agricultural economics.

This summer, we welcome Deepthi Vasudevan, our new student web developer. Deepthi is a master’s student in information management at the University of Illinois iSchool. We look forward to working with her to continue to improve the ADMI website as an information hub for postharvest loss research and solutions.

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