Meet Our Students

  1. Shay Pond is a 4th year majoring in agricultural systems management

    Meet Shay Pond: Looking to create beneficial change for communities

    Oct 15, 2020

    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. 

  2. Jaden Tatum is a second-year graduate student in FABE

    Meet Jaden Tatum: Engineering a Path to a More Sustainable Future

    Sep 4, 2020

    With an objective of improving the sustainability of agricultural systems on an international scale Jaden Tatum is on her way to finding a viable solution, one research initiative at a time. 

  3. Ashlee Balcerzak is a second year graduate student specializing in ecological engineering

    Meet Ashlee Balcerzak: Paving the Road to a Career in Higher Education

    Jul 20, 2020

    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. 

  4. Christopher Tkach is a senior majoring in FABE

    FABE Student Supplies Frontline Workers with Personal Protective Equipment

    Jul 1, 2020

    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.  

  5. Lindsay West, a FABE major specializing in food engineering

    Meet Lindsay West: A Food Engineer with a Global Perspective

    May 14, 2020

    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...

  6. Brady Jackson, CSM major, interned with George J. Igel & Company

    Meet Brady Jackson: 2020 CFAES Internship Award Recipient

    Apr 24, 2020

    “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.

  7. Clare is a third year student majoring in FABE with a specialization in food engineering

    Meet Clare Sollars: Finding the Right Fit

    Apr 10, 2020

    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...

  8. Alysa Gauci is a first-year graduate student studying agricultural engineering

    Meet Alysa Gauci: A First-Generation Student Teaching Others to Chase their Dreams

    Jan 31, 2020

    Alysa Gauci, a first-year graduate student researching agricultural engineering and crop science, can’t recall a time when agriculture wasn’t a part of her life. 

    “My passion for agriculture dates back to as far as I can remember,” Gauci said.

  9. Morgan Dent is a 5th year majoring in FABE with a specialization in agricultural engineering

    Meet Morgan Dent: Humanitarian Engineer

    Nov 27, 2019

    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.  

  10. Meet Mecah Mochoge, CSM student and army veteran

    Meet Mecah Mochoge: Aspiring to Help Fellow Veterans

    Nov 11, 2019

    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. 

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