Parker Brand is a junior at the University of Illinois majoring in Technical Systems Management and minoring in Business. Parker started working at the FSHN-PPP and IBRL in April 2019. While working at the pilot plants, he is interested in learning to manage and run the different systems involved in bio and food processing, as well as expand his technical and mechanical skills such as welding or metal fabrication. He is also the President of the Illinois Biodiesel Initiative, which works to make biodiesel and soap from the University’s waste vegetable oil and is headquartered in the IBRL. After graduation, Parker intends to pursue a career in either the bioprocessing or manufacturing industries.