2018 Intern Awards Finalists Announced

July 18, 2018
Category: Research Park

We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2018 Research Park Intern Awards. The winners will be named on Thursday, July 26 during our annual Summer Picnic and Intern Awards (4:00 -5:30 pm). Stay tuned for announcements of the winners on the website. For more information on the event, click here.


Best Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Startup

  • Kanyon Edvall: Winner, Hardware Engineer, LifeFoundry (Undergraduate, Computer Engineering)
  • Perry Lim, Research Intern, Serionix (Undergraduate, Chemistry)

Best Technological Innovation

  • Rittika Adhikari, Technology Intern, Capital One (Undergraduate, Computer Science)
  • Deniz Karaca, Data Science Intern, Gartner (Undergraduate, Industrial Engineering)
  • Shanglong Zhang, Senior Associate Engineer, Caterpillar (PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut)

Most Advanced Marketing-Business Development

  • Muhammad Ali, Nautic-On Project Manager, Brunswick (Masters of Business Administration – MBA)
  • Tonisha Thacker: Winner, Communication/Marketing Intern, AARP (Undergraduate, Chemistry and Sociology)
  • Neelan Veloo, Market Research - Analyst/Consultant, AbbVie (Undergraduate, Electrical Engineering)

Most Outstanding Graduate Student Intern

  • Priscilla Ferronato: Winner, UX Design Intern, Gartner (PhD, Design & Technology)
  • Dipali Ranjan, Machine Learning Intern, AARP (MS, Computer Science)
  • Karandeep Singh, Programmer Intern, AGCO/GSI (MS, Civil Engineering)

Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student Intern

  • Fernanda Contreras: Winner, Data Science-Sustainability Intern, Agrible, Inc (Undergraduate, Information Systems and Information Technology)
  • Manuel Hernandez-Estrada, Mobile Developer, COUNTRY Financial (Undergraduate, Division of General Studies, Engineering)
  • Nathaniel Murphy, Natural Language Processing Intern, AbbVie (Undergraduate, Math & Computer Science)
Most Competent and Collaborative Team
  • AbbVie Market Research Team
  • Ameren Innovation Intern Team: Winners
  • State Farm Econometrics Modeling Team