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Gage Adams

Year: Senior
Major: ABE - Technical Systems Management

Gage Adams is a senior at the University of Illinois.  He has always been interested in mechanics, industry, and machines, and grew up with experience working on a farm. For this reason, he chose to major in Technical Systems Management, which focuses on technology and management with an emphasis on agriculture.  He has worked several industrial jobs, including at Illini Fire Equipment and at the University of Illinois Meat Science Laboratory. As a shop technician assistant, he learned how to perform maintenance and hydrostatic pressure tests on fire extinguishers and gas cylinders. As a student intern at the Meat Science Lab, he assisted in the productions of pork and beef. During his junior year, he began splitting his time as an intern at both the Meat Science Lab and at the USDA Illinois state office in Champaign. At the USDA, he mapped and indexed aerial images of the state of Illinois to observe watersheds. Finally, he began working at the FSHN/IBRL his senior year. Now, as a senior, he is trying to gain valuable work experience before beginning his career. While working at FSHN/IBRL, he is getting pilot plant experience from a maintenance perspective as opposed to a food science perspective. He is hoping to learn as much as he can about the equipment, such as how to run it, fix it, and troubleshoot it.  He is hoping to get a job as a manager or supervisor in an industrial setting when he graduates in May of 2019.