For Shay Pond, a fourth-year majoring in agricultural systems management (ASM) with minors in agribusiness and nonprofit management, creating a positive generational change is a dream of his. Pond is interested in exploring ways to address food and financial security issues for lower income families in hopes to start a nonprofit organization.
For Ashlee Balcerzak, a second-year graduate student specializing in ecological engineering, higher education is a pathway to help others. It’s a dream that became more vivid with the unique opportunity to shadow the Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in the autumn of 2019. Ashlee’s path to attending The Ohio State University started quite young; in fact, it began at birth.
As the number of COVID-19 cases began to increase in March, the United States faced a shortage in numerous kinds of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields, gloves and hand sanitizer. Like many, Christopher Tkach saw the need for supplies as a call to action. Tkach, an undergraduate student in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE), focused his efforts on finding a way to help supply PPE to communities affected by the pandemic.
Lindsay West, a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, discovered the opportunities of her future through a survey course during her freshmen year. She came to Ohio State as engineering undecided and was overwhelmed by the many options. The food engineering specialization helped her...
“I learned a lot about the design process and developed an appreciation for what architects do, but I couldn’t see myself spending a lifetime doing that,” says Brady Jackson, a senior in the construction management (CSM) program. Brady started his academic journey as an architecture major at the University of Cincinnati, but now believes that he has finally found his intended career path.
For Clare Sollars, a background in agriculture was the driving force behind her goal to improve the production, processing, packaging and transportation of the world’s food supply. Clare, a third-year majoring in food, agricultural and biological engineering with a specialization in food engineering...
Morgan’s love of the outdoors started as a child, where she would spend hours playing outside at her home in Barberton, Ohio, near Akron. As Morgan grew, so did her passion for the outdoors. Today, Morgan is interested in health, eating clean, and exercising, especially trail hiking and hot yoga.
To many, the story of a college student who started classes in the autumn of 2009 but is now planning to graduate in the spring of 2020, they might think it’s a story of failure. But to senior construction systems management major Mecah Mochoge, it’s a story of perseverance.