Research Park Honors Most Valuable Interns of 2010

Category : Recognition & Awards
Posted on: August 12, 2010


Outstanding student employees working for companies in the Research Park will be honored today at the Research Park Intern Recognition Event. The event will be held at the Gateway Building at the Research Park at 1800 S. Oak Street from 5:00-7:00 pm with awards presented at 5:30 pm. Research Park companies employ more than 400 interns per year, representing a third of the total workforce. A broad representation of students was nominated by their company supervisors for this year’s awards; all the awardees are students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The honorees include the following:

Roman Semenyuk, UI Molecular & Cellular Biology, Autonomic Materials:
Roman advanced the research and development of self-healing coatings and healing chemistries while also providing direction on projects to the other interns.

Ryne Beeson, UI Aerospace Engineering, Caterpillar Simulation Center:
Ryne mastered the use of complex engineering simulation software and contributed to over 30 projects over three years alongside full-time engineers.

Tyler Deitz, UI Management and Entrepreneurship, Cazoodle:
Tyler singlehandedly established contacts with clients and handled sales and negotiations with local and national media executives.

Nicole Phillips, UI Community Health, State Farm Research and Development Center:
Nicole is a business research analyst and is contributing to the start-up of a new department. She also serves as a senior resource and corporate liaison for her team members.

David Goldstein, UI Computer Engineering, Watchfire Signs:
David was a strong contributor on software projects: streamlining the distribution the company’s art collection, and automatic driver installation for end users.

Jude Holscher, UI Agricultural Engineering, Waterborne Environmental:
Jude traveled the country completing water quality sampling and data analysis projects from Indiana to Nebraska, with very little oversight needed from his supervisors.

In addition, the event will recognize 12 additional nominees from additional companies in the Research Park.