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Meet the Interns - Disha Koul, Front-end Web Developer

College/Major

I am a senior (in undergrad) studying Computer Science and minoring in Statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

What are you working on at Agrible? 

I’m working on front-end programming projects for the Morning Farm Report website. 

What got you interested in Front End Development?

I spent most of my previous summer internship working on integrating product features into a web application. I worked a lot with API’s (including writing one and using several others) and really enjoyed working on front-end development and middleware. I get to work on all of these things at Agrible and it’s been great! 

What do you hope to get out of your internship at Agrible?

I’m hoping to hone my programming skills while making a positive impact on Agrible. I appreciate that Agrible uses modern-day technology (hardware and software) to guarantee that their product is always developed with the best tools. This is exciting for me as a developer because the work is very interesting and I get to learn a lot of new technologies at the same time. 

If you could have lunch with one person, living or dead, who would it be?

I would have lunch with Gayle Laakmann Mcdowell. She is the author of the book that most Computer Science students either have read or should read: Cracking the Coding Interview. She inspires me because she is an engineer and author who pursued a career and found success in a field still dominated by males today. Not only has she written several coaching books, but continues to help out her peers/students by offering advice on social media. 

Meet the Interns - Edison Orellana

College/Major

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Major in Geographic Information Science

What are you working on at Agrible? 

I work on analyzing and manipulating geographic data for the purposes of answering geographic questions, presenting geographic information, or solving whatever geographic challenges we might come upon. I'm learning about lots of new tools for GIS and general data science. 

What got you interested in GIS work?

I took a course my first year called The Digital Earth (GEOG 105) which formally introduced me to geographic information systems and their uses in many different fields and the effects they've had on different industries. Before that course I had never really thought about the incredible logistics behind something like overnight shipping and just how much optimization it requires. There are so many moving parts working in tandem and they all have to be managed perfectly otherwise the whole system fails. Yeah, overnight shipping is amazing. 

What do you hope to get out of your internship at Agrible?

I'd want to get really good at doing actual GIS which means moving away from the prepackaged 'silver platter' data that I get in my classes and start working on something that has no step-by-step guide and will result in producing something that is actually useful to people.

If you could have lunch with one person, living or dead, who would it be?

I feel like I'd be wasting my lunch that transcends the permanence of death by having lunch with someone still living, so I'd want to choose someone dead. As such, I think I'd choose my great-great-grandfather, Fred N. Bazola. He lived to his late nineties so I got to meet him a few times when I was young but I don't remember much and he wasn't all there at the time. But from what I've heard from my great grandparents, he was a really interesting guy. He was a dentist by trade, but it didn't stop him from being a craftsman/inventor in other areas. He would make artistic trinkets (like cufflinks or jewelry) out of old dental fillings or coins. There was also a story I heard about him being one of the team of scientists who convinced governments to add fluoride to municipal water supplies to promote good dental health. He was also born in an entirely different era so I think I could learn a thing or two from him about things back then.

 

Meet the Interns - Gabrielle Rodmaker, Graphic Design

 
 

College/Major
I recently graduated from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. There, I obtained a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Advertising. 

What do you love most about your internship with Agrible?
I would have to say that having an environment with open communication is what I love most about my internship with Agrible so far. I believe it’s something that is a key factor to success in a growing company. Products and materials constantly change, so as a designer the need to be aware of what is going on in other teams in addition to my own is important. It effects the workings as one cohesive unit to achieve the best outcome for the company, partners, and clients.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a Graphic Designer?
I have always had a love for art since I was young! I really enjoyed studio work like oil painting and sketching, but as I got older I found I was intrigued by technology and how it functioned in the art realm. Each project provides me an opportunity to explore a subject from a new perspective, while finding a solution to a design composition that is appealing to my audience. Every day is an opportunity for me to work on my personal development as a visual communicator!

If you could have lunch with one person, living or dead, who would it be?
If I could have lunch with one person it would be Rosa Parks! I believe she is such an inspiration to everyone. She was a woman that overcame her fears and sparked a movement to change the times. By putting herself in a situation to engage in civil rights and based upon its outcomes, she has become an ideal role model for peace and justice among human dignity. 

What would you say is the oddest or most interesting thing about you?
Something interesting… or odd… about me is that I looked like a triplet when I was little! My mother is a twin, and her twin sister has two twin boys that are a year old than me. So anytime we were together, people always asked if we were triplets. It’s never skipped a generation in my family! 

Do you have any advice for future interns?
If I were to give any advice to future interns it would be to do your research and get to know your coworkers. Doing your research means that your spending time getting to know the company that you’ll be interning at. It doesn’t just mean looking at their website; it can include checking out their social media or blog page, and familiarizing yourself with their mission statement and purpose. And your coworkers and going to be the people you are spending the most time with, so they’re going to be the ones you are learning from. Take the opportunity to pick their brain and find out what you can bring to the table. In short, immerse yourself into the culture of the company you’ll be interning for.