Purdue Student Statements

2019-20 Student Soybean Innovation Competition


 

Ayoade Adetunji
Chemical Engineering, Senior
Team Soya

Why did you enter the competition?

I'd been interested recycling and renewables from freshman year and saw this as an opportunity to design something beneficial to the environment. Plus, my friend participated in the competition a few years ago and encouraged me to join. 

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I've leaned a lot about material properties, especially those of soybean, waxes and plasticizers. It was amazing to understand the different milestones that need to be reached and how it all tied together.


 

Hannah Bentley
Biology, Junior
Teay SoyFlex

Why did you enter the competition?

I entered the competition to have a new experience. I really enjoy creating new things and in high school I volunteered at  a middle school soy based science camp so i had a small background.

 


 

Alyson Chaney
Agronomy, Senior
Team HerbiSoy

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

The most valuable thing was the marketing. I learned things that weren't taught in my major.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I really enjoyed the final judging. Seeing your product come to life and seeing people interested in it was super cool. 


 

Cai Chen
Agribusiness, Freshman
Team Ecotag

Why did you enter the competition?

 It sounds very interesting and a lot of fun. I knew I would love to learn how to make a product and market it.

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

Not to be afraid to take control to get things done.


 

Jason Clark
Finance, Sophomore
Team SoySweep

Why did you enter the competition?

After competing in the competition last year and gaining invaluable experiences, I had no doubts that I would enter the competition again.

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

This competition provides an excellent opportunity for students of all majors to become better entrepreneurs, and learn how to better network with others, conduct a market analysis and patent search, and spend time in lab.


 

Peyton Clark
Sustainable Biomaterials: Process and Product Design, Senior
Team HerbiSoy

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I learned a lot about patent classification and how to place a product in a certain category.

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

Initial product development was what I found difficult because it can be hard when a product doesn't work on the first few prototypes. But if you continue to work at it you will find success.


 

Andres Dextre
Biological Engineering, Sophomore
Team SAGE

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I have learned about all the patent search, market analysis and other non technical aspects that go behind designing a novel product.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

Working as a team was really fun. I think we developed a good dynamic and worked really well with one another allowing us to produce a good result, and a strong soy-based product.



Sarah Ettestad
Biological Engineering, Sophomore
Team Soyful Nails

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I learned how current products on the market today can still be improved, and sometimes a part of improving means attempting to make it more environmentally friendly.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed presenting to a panel of judges and hearing their feedback. It was the most rewarding part to me, because our team was able to show the judges what the team had been working on for several months.


 

Erick Forkpah
Biological Engineering, Sophomore
Team SAGE

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I learned how to do a market analysis, manage team conflict, and get the best out my teammates and their individual qualities.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed the presentation and networking most.


 

Sanjay Garimella
1st Year Engineering, Freshman
Team Water Shield

Why did you enter the competition?

The competition seemed to be a fun and competitive way to introduce myself to research and lab work, while also exploring interdisciplinary applications of science.

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I have learned about the importance of persistence and controlled experimentation, as well as the need to brainstorm effectively and think of as many factors that could impact your work as possible.



Felicia Hall
Food Science, PhD
Team Soya

Why did you enter the competition?

I was interested in exploring alternative applications of Soybeans (specifically the protein components).

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

Coming up with a successful product in the end. 



Sarah Heffner
Biological Engineering, Sophomore
Team SAGE

Why did you enter the competition?

My engineering teammates were doing it and needed another person so I volunteered.  Plus I was already interested in working on a soy-based product, meeting with faculty, and applying my engineering knowledge to create something.

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

Time management, technical development, and gathering data due to time constraints and identifying a soy-based product that is needed and that our team could make.  This was challenging but also very rewarding.


 

Zifeng Huang
Agricultural Engineering, Junior
Team GoPoly

Why did you enter the competition?

I wanted to gain more experience in the lab and with product development, and I found this competition very interesting.

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I learned how to come up with a novel soy-based idea and the way to communicate that idea and it's positive attributes with professers and other people who offered help.


 

Melanie Kaplan
Selling and Sales Management, Senior
Team SoyFlex

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I learned how to create prototypes in a laboratory setting.  I also learned how to apply knowledge I leaned from my major into a practical setting.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed working with my teammates brainstorming product ideas and then coming up with a solid, successful product idea.


 

Hailey Kitchell
Biological Engineering, Sophomore
Team ProTEAm

Why did you enter the competition?

I entered this competition to gain lab and business/marketing experience, as well as to use as a resume booster.

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I have learned so much about not only lab research techniques but also about how to do a patent search and how to write a technical report and business plan that are not necessarily part of my engineering curriculum but will come in handy in the future.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I really enjoyed working as a team with my friends.  Being able to bounce ideas off each other and share in the excitement of succeeding to make an actual product was extremely rewarding.


 

Jingyuan Li
Agricultural Engineering, Senior
Team GoPoly

Why did you enter the competition?

To improve my abilities in designing an innovative soy-based product.

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I have learned how to design a product, conduct market analysis on that product, share communications, and team work.




Cassidy Lurk
Biological Engineering, Sophomore
Team Soyful Nails

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I have learned how useful a soybean is, how to effectively work in a team for a long-term project, and fundamental principles of research and product development. 

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed the lab work with my teammates. They were super fun, and we worked really well together.



Kariden Maple
Finance, Junior
Team Soyful Nails

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

How to create a novel soy-based product that fits the needs of a global market and determine how to market it to a panel. 

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

Determining what ingredients should be used to successfully meet the needs of a market, that will be just as durable, and perhaps better than the competition. 



Nolan Miller
Materials Engineering, Senior
Team SoyFlex

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

Teamwork skills, business skills like market analysis, cost analysis, and how to frame economic pros vs cons.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

The freedom to innovate whatever I wanted.



Julia Mollenhauer
Biological Engineering, Sophomore
Team ProTEAm

Why did you enter the competition?

The competition sounded like a fun way to build lab experience and get involved in the extracurriculars that ABE has to offer.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

My favorite part of the competition was working with my teammates in the lab in the morning.  I loved starting my day with a project that I cared about.

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

What I found to be the biggest challenge in the competition was taking our first steps in the lab.  We read countless research papers to gain insight into potential materials and processes for our product.  Once we had our first success in developing a material, we had a clear direction. 



Natalie Mudd
Food Science, Senior
Team Soya

Why did you enter the competition?

To gain insight on working with food components, gain experience innovating, and to gain experience working on large projects in a group. 

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

Through this competition I have learned the immense amount of communication, dedication, and perseverance that it takes to product a new product. 

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

The thing that I enjoyed most about this competition was being able to learn the whole process of not only developing a new product but marketing it as well. 


 

Nate Nauman
1st Year Engineering, Freshman
Team Water Shield

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I learned a lot more about the importance of design specifications and applying experimentation results to the real world.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I really enjoyed the testing process for our samples because it gave me feedback on what to change and how to improve my soy-based product.


 

Shuyi Peng
Agricultural Engineering, Senior
Team GoPoly

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

Practicing skills. Taking part in the manufacturing and lab working. Commercial experience.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

Marketing analysis is new area for me, which I enjoyed.  Working in the Lab taking a practice theory to a finished prototype was very interesting and rewarding.



Tunn Prasoprat
Mechanical Engineering, Senior
Team 60 Soylution

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I really liked the moment when I found out that our product worked -  meaning that it has the potential of making the world a better place.

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

Coming up with an idea at first was the most difficult part because there are many ideas that we generated and we did not know which one had the most potential.



Sean Renwick
Biological Engineering, Sophomore
Team ProTEAm

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I learned how limiting it is to have one certain goal in mind. There are multiple ways to find a solution to a problem, and only searching for one way to solve the problem prevents you from looking at all the other methods that are possible.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I mostly enjoyed working in the lab with the rest of my group. We are friends, and hard workers, so working in the lab was super fun because we got stuff done and had an amazing time in the process.




Katie Sandefur
Animal Science, Senior
Team Ecotag

Why did you enter the competition?

It was a very good opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills in developing a prototype.  Teams are provided a network of people who can really help you develop your ideas in a way that's not possible on your own. 

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

Learning about all the different ways soy can impact society and ways to implement it into prototypes.

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

The final stages of developing a prototype was difficult, but in the end it was definitely worth it, and extremely rewarding.



Kunming Shao
Biological Engineering, Junior
Team GoPoly

Why did you enter the competition?

I am very interested in doing a undergraduate project outside of the class. This competition provides me a very good opportunity to start my undergraduate research and helps me prepare for my senior design project. 

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

This competition made me realize how difficult independent research is.  During the whole competition, our team met many difficulties.  At the beginning, we had some disagreements about our soy-based project.  We solved instrument problems and found the best way to modify soybean protein isolation.  Every stage of the competition was very challenging for me.  But interestingly, I found that the courses I took helped me a great deal.  For example, our project in ABE 201 has some similarity to the economic analysis we did for this competition.

Applying the skills and knowledge we learned in the classroom to our own projects is something to be proud of.  During the whole process, I kept communicating and discussing with my teammates to solve the small problems one by one.  In the end we finally got our final soy-based product.  I am very grateful that this competition has made me better understand how to conduct teamwork and scientific research experiments.  These valuable experiences are of great significance to my future research work.  During the whole competition, I learned how to communicate effectively with professors, mentors and TAs.  I also have cultivated my ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking from this competition.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

We have plenty resources to use from the Soy Competition.  We have our own working space, mentors, and funds to support our project.  We have a very clear time line to follow so we can stay on track for the whole year.  We can pick our own project without any limitations. And, I enjoyed working with my teammates to do a project that we picked, and produce a working prototype of our soy-based phone case for the judges to review.


 

Thomas Smith
Computer Engineering, Sophomore
Team SoySweep

Why did you enter the competition?

I did it last year and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I would do it this year too!

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I liked working on my own schedule in lab and designing my own soy-based product. 


 

Zhiyao Song
Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering, Sophomore
Team Double B

Why did you enter the competition?

To challenge myself. 

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

Teamwork and creative thinking.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

The hands on part when we are experimenting in a lab. 


 

Ratchaphak Tantisanghirun
Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Senior
Team 60 Soylution

Why did you enter the competition?

The competition looked very interesting and I wanted to challenge myself.

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

Starting from teamwork, to technical skills learned in the pharmaceutical scope, I have learned a lot through this competition.  

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed discovering something new and challenging myself.  I also enjoyed working with a group of friends trying to overcome the obstacles of creating a novel soy-based product.



Thiti Suttiyut
Horticulture, PhD
Team 60 Soylution

Why did you enter the competition?

I wanted to learn and have new experiences in terms of innovative thinking and how to collaborate with others.

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

It's hard to make something "new" and "novel" that no one else has ever done, and the time scale is pretty short.  However, it is very rewarding to actually succed and have a fully working prototype by the end of the competition.



Allison Thornton
Material Science Engineering, Sophomore
Team Soyful Nails

Why did you enter the competition?

I was interested in combining my materials engineering major with my minor in innovation and transformational change to create something new while participating in a hands on project and research. 

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I learned a lot about the different parts of soy and how soy can be utilized in so many ways, and in so many products. 

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

It was difficult to get started in the lab, just knowing where and how to start was a challenge, but finishing with a strong working soy-based prototype was very rewarding.


 

Uriel Urbizo
Food Science, PhD

Team Soya

What have you learned from participating in this competition?

I have learned how to work in a team environment, have a lot of comitment and to never give up.

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed the efforts needed to achieve a certain goal, in this case to develop a soy-based water bottle.

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

I found it difficult to create a soy-based product that involves multidisciplinary aproaches, however once successfully created, I also found this most rewarding.



 

Purdue Student Statements

2019-20 Student Soybean Innovation Competition



Eric Barnfather
Mechanical Engineering Technology Junior
Team Presoyvation

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

Having the opportunity to present an idea in front of a panel of judges as well as being motivated and pushed to take on this project in addition to my other responsibilities and involvements across campus.

 

 


 

Nurul Adlina (Dina) Binti Mohd Fauzi
Chemical Engineering Senior
Team K-Drop

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

Passion, the determination to succeed and time management.
 

 



Alyson Chaney
Agronomy Junior
Team Soy Seal

Why did you enter the competition?

Since I'm an agronomy major, I was very interested in the utilization of soybeans. It is one of my favorite crops to work with, so I wanted to see how it can be used better after it is harvested. 



Dane Chapman
Agribusiness / Marketing Junior
Team SoyFul

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

I never expected to spend time in a food science lab, nor did I think I would ever get so excited about soybean oil, but this competition has caused me to do both of those things!  Most notably, this competition has allowed me to apply material I learned in class to the planning and execution of a strategy from start to finish. 



Xiang (Chase) Cheng
Food Science Junior
Team SoyFilm

What did you find most difficult concerning the Soy Competition?

How to effectively arrange and schedule the lab time.

 


 

Jason Clark
Accounting Freshman
Team SoyShield

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

Creating and designing a product that doesn't currently exist on the market was the most enjoyable and rewarding part of the competition. 

 

 


 

Peyton Clark
Sustainable Biomaterials Process & Product Design Junior
Team Soy Seal

Why did you enter the competition?

The sustainability of products in today's market is one of my areas of study, so learning how to utilize soybeans in common/new products instead of chemicals helped me apply my knowledge. 
 



Sarah Corwin
Food Science PhD
Team Mean Bean Frosting

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

I have learned additional skills for working with team members.

 

 



Ben Culver
Plant Genetics Breeding & Biotechnology Sophomore
Team Soynoc+

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

I have learned not only about the things involved in making our product, but also about working as a team and being proactive. 

 

 


 

Ryann Davis
Chemistry Sophomore
Team Luma

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed being in lab creating the product more than anything.  I thrive in a lab environment and really enjoy doing trials in lab in order to bring forth the best product.  I enjoyed working with a team of strong and intelligent woman who all brought something different to the table.  Seeing a finished prototype and knowing our product works is what I find most joyful and satisfying about the entire experience. 



Samuel Heath
Chemical Engineering Junior
Team Presoyvation

What did you find most difficult concerning the Soy Competition?

Coming up with a product idea was the most difficult in my opinion.  The rest of the competition wasn't easy, but everything seemed to fall in line once the product idea was there. 



Sarah Hermanek
Biology Junior
Team SoyCoat

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

I've learned a lot more about the business side of selling a product by doing the different analyses on marketing and patents.  I feel I am more knowledgeable about any products I buy now.  I also feel more confident in formal meetings as well as learning a significant amount about the agricultural business.



Susan Hubbard
Biological Engineering Senior
Team Soynoc+

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

It's been fun to see how my coursework in Biological Engineering has played a big part in the development of this year's product.

 



Melanie Kaplan
Management Sophomore
Team SoyCoat

Why did you enter the competition?

I entered because I thought this competition would be the perfect opportunity to test my sales and marketing skills in a real world application about a product I helped develop and am passionate about. 

 



Ross Kindig
Agronomy/Agribusiness Junior
Team SoyFul

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed working with other members on our team. Each one of us brings something unique to the table and it's clear that none of our progress would've been possible without everyone contributing. I also think it's really cool that the Indiana Soybean Alliance sponsors this competition 



Deepa Korani
Chemical Engineering Senior
Team Un-Plastic Wrap

Why did you enter the competition?

I entered this competition due to my shear interest for and in polymers. Since my current research is developing coatings that improvise barrier properties, this project was very close to what my interests are.  I have been interested and hope to discover a breakthrough in the polymer industry.  This competition could provide me with a platform to do so.




Ayuni Insyirah (Yuni) Mohd Saidi
Chemical Engineering Senior
Team K-Drop

Why did you enter the competition?

I have been looking forward to creating a product of my own with my colleagues.  I wanted to learn as much as possible on how to create and develop a new soy-based product, market analysis of that product, patent search and technical feasibility.

 




Oparah Lauren
Biological Engineering Junior
Team Luma

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

I enjoyed learning about the different components of the soybean. I never thought that soybeans and soy-based products could be so interesting!


 



Jacob Semonis
Ag Economics/Agronomy Senior
Team Soynoc+

What did you find most difficult concerning the competition?

Since I've done this competition last year, the hardest part was finding where everyone fit on the team. Last year we had a system that worked great, and I had to learn how to adapt my own responsibilities so that we could evenly distribute work across new teammates.



John Sloan
Chemistry Sophomore
Team SoyCoat

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

I have learned many things from the Soy Competition especially about product development and market analysis, that is after you actually decide and begin to create a soy-based product. 



Thomas Smith
1st Year Engineering Freshman
Team SoyShield

Why did you enter the competition?

I entered the competition to get a better understanding of real-world problem solving and to work in a lab.  I also thought the competition would be a fun way to start off college and it most certainly was. 


 



Natalie Stephenson
Marketing Senior
Team Story

Why did you enter the competition?

I've always had an entrepreneurial mindset and thought the competition was a perfect way for me to create a product from the start and implement what I've been learning within my courses. 

 



Dwi Sastro Sutandar
Chemical Engineering Junior
Team Un-Plastic Wrap

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

I have learned a lot from the Soy Competition, including collaborating with people from different backgrounds and degree areas.  I have never worked with someone outside of my major and this opportunity allowed me to do so.  Furthermore, this competition allowed me to learn about stages in a startup from product idea to product prototype and everything in-between. 


 
Chris Tague
Chemistry Sophomore
Team Mean Bean Frosting

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

I learned how to work as and with a team, and what is required to patent a product in industry.
 

 



Elizabeth Tedder
Biological Engineering Senior
Team Luma

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

The main thing that I have learned from the Soy Competition is how to play to everyone on the team's strengths.  My team was very diverse in what they could do and their experiences and we were able to use that to our advantage when doing the competition.



Samantha (Sam) Tinney
Animal Science Senior
Team Soynoc+

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

I have learned a lot about coming up with solutions to problems, conducting market research, and that there is a lot that you can do with soybeans!
 



Jasica Twardus
Marketing/Management Senior
Team Un-Plastic Wrap

Why did you enter the competition?

To gain experience in creating a new soy-based product and potentially change the world with an environmental friendly alternative to what is currently on the market.

 



Pablo Vega
ABE PhD
Team SoyFul

What have you learned from participating in the Soy Competition?

Personally, I learned a lot about the soybean industry in Indiana, and its potential impact on different industries globally.  I believe that this competition helped me to build highly valuable skills for my personal and professional life.  Teamwork, problem solving, effective communication and innovative thinking are probably the most valuable of these skills. As a Ph.D student I'm learning how to turn money into knowledge; and through this competition, I'm learning how to turn knowledge into more money!



Hillary Vrba
Agricultural Economics Junior
Team Luma

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

Working with such a great group of women and learning so much from them!

 



Neil Zhao
Food Science Sophomore
Team SoyFul

What did you enjoy most about the competition?

In this competitive environment, I was not only able to foster scientific discoveries, but also grow and develop with the team for communicating our passion for our soy-based product.  Identifying team strengths and understanding everyone's limitations was key to communicating effective strategy plans.  Adapting to critiques over time, I believe we really came together as a team on a regular basis for presenting group findings.  The embedded leadership roles to work with are undoubtedly ingrained in this competition.  




Ruth Zhong
Electrical Engineering Senior
Team Stroy

Why did you enter the competition?

I became interested in the soy competition after seeing the opportunity to create a solution to an environmental issue.  I believe innovation is the key to a sustainable planet and this competition was a great way to get involved.

 



Purdue Student Statements

2017-18 Student Soybean Innovation Competition


Caitlin Nelligan

Nelligan bustCaitlin Nelligan is a senior in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering. As an avid outdoors person, she is always looking for ways to connect industry with natural resources. She was able to accomplish just that with her involvement in this competition. Caitlin is the treasurer of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Ambassadors in which she is able to share her passion for agriculture and its advancement through the involvement of engineers. She plans on using what she has learned from this competition about the use of agricultural products in manufacturing and product development at her job with Armstrong Flooring upon graduation.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity to get first-hand experience in product development. I’ve learned a lot about the processes involved and the importance of detailed book keeping.”


Huang photoAndrew Huang

Andrew Huang is a Master’s Student in Industrial Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering with a focus in Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering. His current research explores calculating uncertainty in biofuel co-firing emissions. He entered the competition because of his interest in entrepreneurial activities.

Andrew is working to commercialize a soybean-based air filter which took part in the competition last year. He also serves on the executive committee of Old Masters, an organization that brings back distinguished professionals to connect with the student body. He is also the advisor of Green Greeks, an organization driving sustainable change at Purdue.

“I’ve learned so much and am grateful for the opportunities that the Student Soybean Innovation Competition has granted me!” 


Brianna (Kate) Barker

Barker bustKate Barker is a senior majoring in Agricultural Systems Management. She entered this competition with the goal of learning about entrepreneurship on a more applied level and because of her passion for trying to make people’s lives better. Over the course of the competition, she has gained a more intimate knowledge of soybeans and their properties, which will be applicable to her future job.

Currently, Kate is working for Dr. William Field, doing research on agricultural safety and accident statistics, helping her gather an understanding of facility safety practices, which she will be able to apply to her career. Upon graduation, Kate will be working for Archer Daniels Midland in Illinois. In her free time at Purdue, Kate is an active member of the Golden Silks Colorguard, a section of the Purdue All-American Marching Band.


Zhu photoZifan Zhu

Zifan Zhu is a senior in Agricultural Systems Management, with a minor in economics. He took part in the competition because he has an interest in innovative lab work and wants to devote what he has learned in agricultural courses into practical products.  Before he transferred to Purdue with the 2+2 program, he had lab work experience in Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which helped him fit in the competition.

During his spare time at Purdue, Zifan likes to participate in clubs where he can share his ideas. He is an active member of Purdue organizations like Issues 360, Manrrs, and the Zoo club.


Patrick Woodson

Woodson bustThis competition has been a rollercoaster of progress and setbacks. One thing that I’ve enjoyed about this experience is getting to work in a lab. Research has been something that I’ve been interested in for a while, but I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to dive into. I also hadn’t had any internships or other industry experiences, so this is the first time that I’ve tried to apply knowledge that I gained in the class room and from experts to an actual situation to create a tangible product. I feel that the experience of designing my own product has merit and applications in the patent search, market analysis, and marketing of that product, but also in those lab aspects. We’ve had to create multiple procedure for various steps in creating our prototype. We needed to create a procedure for how we’ll create the plastic, how we planned on testing ways to break it down and change it, compressing it, and even making the switch to baking it instead of letting it dry over the course of days. My dream job is in designing pharmaceuticals, so I feel that these aspects will definitely help me in that role, and in any position that I take up along the way. Participating in this competition has been an invaluable experience for me, and I’m really glad that I’ve been able to participate.


Sunkalp Gupta

Gupta bustBy participating in this competition, I learned the different aspects of soy and how they can be utilized to make a marketable product. In addition to this, I also learned how to conduct market research and patent research. I also gained a lot of hands on lab experience which involved creating a lab procedure then changing certain parameters and analyzing how these parameters affected the results. This was extremely challenging yet very rewarding to see the product taking shape and eventually meeting our desired expectations. Working on this competition has really helped me understand what it takes to create a startup. I wish to create my own startup in the near future and the skills I have learned in this competition, which range from brainstorming ideas to final design, will definitely help me with my goal.


Kuan-Ting Lee

Lee bustThis is the second time I joined in the competition. It is not getting any easier compared to last time. Different from last time, our group now has four people instead of two. I learned how important it is to properly communicate with all my team members. I know it will get even harder in the future if we have the larger amount of people working in the one group. This is a great experience for me to feel what it will be like in the future. Compare to last year, we focus on the different perspective to make people's lives better. We even went to actual hog farm to get "sample" in order to have the better understanding of our product. This competition has again helped me to explored larger perspective to people's need. The same kind of analysis and communication skills will definitely use again in the future. I am really glad to participate in this competition again and hopefully, we can really make people's lives better by our innovative product.


Sitian LuLu bust

During this soybean competitive, I experienced a full cycle of product development including idea verification, patent searching, marketing researching, lab experimenting and packaging. Although I study Computer Engineering, I have always had a great passion in scientific research and real-live product development. Besides, my engineering skill does help the team making some critical decisions like experiment design and market strategy. Working with my teammates, I learned a lot scientific study skill and lab procedures. Dealing with unfamiliar topic, the team and I were to utilize the available resources around us and consult with professors with the technical background to overcome numbers of technical constraints. We also had a chance to visit a local hog farm and actually smelled the odor. This unique experience not only made me realize the severity of the problem but also invoked my passion for our product. Overall, this soybean competitive is my first experience of scientific related product development. It is really different than computer related development like hardware and software. However, it opens a new world for me as it makes understand even if a product looks not as complex as a integrated circuit or a software system, it still requires careful examination, detailed experiment and thoughtful design before getting into the market.


Yanting Wang

Wang bustEvery team member plays an important role in the project and has great contribution to our overall success. Our Soy Hog Poo-vention performs pretty well in odor reduction and I learned a lot through the whole path. Soybean competition offers a good platform for me to study the process of product innovation through marketing analysis, patent research, product development till final completion. I mainly worked on our product formulation and improvement and we did meet lots of troubles to make our product come true. Most of the concepts for us were not familiar so that we needed to do thorough research and experiments. Also, we met professors to talk about our project and had field trips to actual hog farms which were really helpful for us to understand the whole manure system operation. The great skills I obtained from this competition were information retrieval, experiments design and efficient communication which helped me build more confidence in my future career path.


Yudi WenWen bust

Experiencing through last soybean competition, and the ASPIRE internship, I have different considerations and directions while researching and solving problems throughout the competition. Last time when we were doing the marketing research, we only looked for the theoretical data basis for the numbers of sales or the numbers of potential problems that need to be solved. Granted, numbers do count. However, numbers do not mean everything for an innovative product. This year, we went to talk with an actual potential customer in the hog farm, and within this one-hour trip, I have received a lot more information than what I have spent a one-hour researched online told me. Besides learning how to manage my time and how to work as a group, I have found myself being braver upon talking to people I don’t know of, and I have improved my interview skill for how to get the most information out from the questions I have asked. This interviewing skill will definitely help me in the future career when I want to study about details of a new thing, or a new place, or a new person. It will help me be more involved in the field I am learning for.  


Evan Adams 

Adams bustIt was an invaluable experience to go through the whole process of ideation, coming up with a novel idea from scratch, and then actually doing the background research, patent search, market analysis, and experimentation. You need to have a high percent of certainty that whatever you are doing is worth the resources that will be needed. Soy-based boba pearls was something that our team believed in, and it was rewarding to actually see the work we have done over the past several months come to fruition. I found that patience and energy was critical to keep pushing forward with the process, and I know this experience will be useful when working in research and industry in the future. 

 


Caleb Kreis Kreis bust

The Purdue University Student Soybean Innovation Competition was a terrific opportunity to experience developing a project from conception through production. The concept of creating my own, unique product guided my major and career choice, so it's exciting to have this research and development experience so early in my career. Through the competition I've learned skills which will help me perform more efficiently in my future endeavours, and I really enjoyed working alongside Purdue students, faculty, and alumni to produce a successful product.

 


Eric Li 

Li bustThrough this competition, I’ve learned the complexity of introducing a product into a market and being viable. This complexity stems from conducting market research to product formulation to the manufacturing aspects, each of which impact how the product will do once hitting the market. Furthermore, I’ve learned the importance of foresight with product formulation; when making any change or tweak to the product, it is important to think about how that change will affect manufacturing processes, the overall production price, and how it will impact the consumer. All these skills and new learnings are directly relevant to my future endeavors and I seek to work in the research and development department for a food and beverage company where I will be responsible for product formulation or continuous improvement. 

 


Emmy RawsonRawson bust

This competition has given me the opportunity to bring something tangible to the table. So often in my classes in school, there is a lot of theory and ideation. Mass and energy calculations in idealized situations that don’t  mimic real life scenarios. I plan to enter the manufacturing industry post-graduation and this competition has given me a  greater understanding of the iterative process. 

 

 

 


Emily Coleman

Coleman bustThrough my participation in the soybean competition, I have learned a lot about the technical processes in fermentation, I have learned the chemistry behind generating activated charcoal, and, most importantly, I have learned the importance of market analysis and marketing. In my courses, I have learned a lot of technical processes and chemistry. Learning how to complete market analyses and how to successfully market a product has been the most valuable component of the competition, because it is something I have not done a lot of throughout my academic career. Next year, I will be attending medical school. Although I likely won’t be creating a lot of novel products, I now will be able to analyze products that I purchase and use more efficiently and accurately.

 


Emma FosterFoster bust

After completing the Soybean Innovation Competition, I learned a lot about creating a product for resale. Much more goes into the product than the formulation. Obtaining the materials in the proper order, problem solving when things do not proceed as planned, and packaging the final product in a way that is appealing to our desired customer are all factors that determine the success of a product. This project also helped stress the importance of making and sticking to deadlines.

 


Trevor Shoaf

Shoaf bustOne of the most important takeaways I get from this project is the understanding of why it takes so much time to develop a new product. From the brainstorming phase to the initial process flow diagram phase to the prototyping phase there is so much that goes into this process. We learned about this process development in engineering 131 and 132 but to actually go through this process has been an incredible experience.

 

 

 


Ethan Titus Titus bust

By participating in the Soybean Innovation Competition, I was able to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and understand the amount of work that goes into taking an idea from the first stages of conception to the final package of a complete product. Not only did I learn the intricate technical knowledge of how our product was produced and exactly what went into formulating it, I also learned more about how to think on my feet, improvise, troubleshoot problems and find innovative solutions.

 


Xingjian Bai

Bai bustAs a PhD graduate student focusing on food safety, even though I have already been doing research on Listeria monocytogenes for around 4 years, this competition gave me the first chance to develop a product to directly improve the public food safety. While I was faced by all kinds of challenges during development, a goal of launching this product to protect the safety of produce and reduce wastes always pushed me to come up with more solutions. Besides learning more experimental techniques, this competition taught me how to think from business perspective about a research project, evaluate the market value of a product and communicate with audience from different background. Overall, I really enjoy the experience of participating this competition, which definitely helps me prepared to work in industries after graduation.


Luping XuXu bust

This project is very close to what I have done in the research lab. It is fascinating to apply what I have been doing for research into a real product. Through this competition, I practiced and improved my ability of designing experiment. The techniques used to develop this product were very basic to me. The hard part of this project is utilizing what I know into well-planned experiment to generate logical and comprehensive results. I also learned how to use video scribe for video editing and adobe illustrator for label designing.


Yutong Zhong

Zhong bustFrom this competition, I learned a lot about how to plan, design and actually run a long experiment. At the same time, I learned different lab techniques that I might use in the future. I also gained public-speaking skills that will help for me future presentation at work. The most important I learned from this experiment is how to work in the team.

 

 


Hannah DelaCruzDelaCruz bust

This competition gave me the experience of developing a novel product. I got to learn how to solve a very open-ended problem. I had never been given the chance to develop an actual prototype of an idea I had before. Throughout the course of this competition, I got to learn how to brainstorm ideas for a problem with endless possible solutions. I also got to learn the level of difficulty it takes to make a prototype, let alone a final product ready for the market.

 


Leeza Kuo

Kuo headshotThrough this competition, I learned how to troubleshoot and come up with solutions with producing a product design. I was also able to get experience researching markets and learning how to gather data about pricing and the impact of consumers on how markets are driven. Learning different ways to troubleshoot and develop solutions to problems will help me greatly as a future veterinarian as I will need to apply those same skills when determining the diagnosis of my patients.

 

 


Nick StratStrat bust

This is the first time I had to start from the ground up in developing an actual product. Normally in my classes we take an already established idea or principle and learn how to optimize it. This competition has taught me how to see the process starting from the development of ideas to the creation of a final product as an iterative process. I learned how to analyze certain ideas and, although many sound enticing, to establish the validity of performing them with the allocated resources. This is an issue the people have to deal with in the industry all the time and this competition was invaluable in teaching me this concept through example. I have also gained a lot of insight on the patent-search process as well as market analysis. Making a good product is one thing, but making it make money is something completely separate, and that is another lesson I learned from the competition. These are all concepts that I will implement in my future endeavors.


Sam Tinney

Tinney bustBefore starting this competition, I had no idea what propolis was or the different uses it had. By making a soy-based version of propolis, I was able to learn about the different parts of propolis and how each ingredient contributes to how propolis functions. Learning about each component was extremely beneficial in designing a soy-based version. I don’t get much experience reverse-engineering products to better improve the original product, which is a beneficial skill to have and I am grateful to have the opportunity to develop that ability. The lab work I do in my courses lay out the steps you need to do in order to create the end product, but through this project I learned to think critically about each step and consider what could be done differently to help create our target product. This process helped me learn more about the experimental design process and I will be able to utilize these skills as I pursue different research opportunities.


Yeejin JangJang bust

This competition was very different and fresh to me in different aspects. I was always used to following directions from professors and mentors, especially in laboratory settings; however, to develop our product SoyAid, our team had to come up with own procedures and conduct various research in order to successfully obtain the final product. This skill will definitely aid my future career as a biological engineer, especially upon graduation, entering graduate school. Also, a large percentage of learning came from developing skills to cooperate with other team members; as college students, every team member had a tight schedule, therefore finding appropriate times to be in the lab and working on reports was a big struggle. Especially under stress from academics, there were times where this competition was not the priority for many people in our group, including myself. Despite the struggles, my team members and I managed to pull it through, leading me to earn a sense of accomplishments.


Melody Ku

Ku bustParticipating in this competition has taught me the importance of conducting self-guided research, being passionate about what you do, and teamwork. Through the whole competition, my team members and I were on our own to come up with ideas for product composition, experimental methods, and develop alternative solutions when issues arose. This was as challenging as it was rewarding because whenever we managed to resolve an issue, I felt like I truly learned a lot. Also, we were all very interested in the idea of developing a soy-based liquid bandage as it is a truly unique product. At times when things got rough, my interest in the project kept me going. Teamwork also played a key role in this competition as we all relied on each other and drew inspirations from each other. I believe I became a better team-player through participating in this competition. I believe all of these things I’ve learned will be valuable to me as a biological engineer, as I will face numerous engineering challenges in the future. This competition was a great opportunity for me to gain a wider biological background which will be useful in the future as well.


Bryan LooLoo bust

In this competition, I gained skills in research that I felt was valuable as this would help me in my future career in food science, not only will it apply to my future career but this skill also applies to my current occupation as a student where research and data collection is a big part of what is expected of me. To be able to develop SoyAid in a schedule as tight as this, I felt that my time management skills are also improved as I am able to balance school work, my job, proper healthcare and be able to make time for this competition. The process of developing SoyAid had many challenges and these were overcome through communication, critical thinking skills, as well as creative thinking as many of the problems had to be analyzed at first then solved through various steps and thinking outside of the box.


Harshit Kapoor

Kapoor bustI am a junior in Civil Engineering from Kolkata, India. This competition has taught me how determination and discipline along with properly channeled energy can help me accomplish tasks that our beyond something I’ve ever done before in terms of difficulty. It has taught me to step out of my comfort zone and to challenge myself to be better at something. Being a part of this competition has instilled in me the necessary skills and experiences that would help me succeed in a workplace. Being in civil engineering the only hands on work I ever thought of was just on the field, so this competition was also a means for me to try something new and see where it takes me, and it was a journey to discover myself and what I truly love. After going through the multiple stages and learning a lot from each of them, I am sure I have become better at analyzing and problem-solving along with being a healthy team player.  

In terms of personal goals, I feel I have learned time management skills and also designing a lab procedure and also improving on them at each step. As a keen follower of business trend and as a student of entrepreneurship, I learned a lot in terms of business aspects relating to a product as well. This took me one step closer to be the entrepreneur and businessman I always wanted to be. It made me think like my product is my business and of ways I can improve it to increase my market size. All in all, it was a really enriching experience and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my friends, professors, our advisors and the other soybean competition teams.


Andrew CameronCameron bust

I’m a senior in Chemical Engineering from Maple Grove, MN. I have learned a ton from joining this competition, not only soybean related, but many other skills that come from a team-based project. First and I feel the most important is the idea of running your own show. I couldn’t rely on others to finish the project, it was my team and myself that needed to reach out, prepare to really succeed in the competition. My first day stepping into lab I had a sudden realization that I wasn’t there to complete a set of instructions left by the instructor, but instead I needed to figure out what to do to improve my product. This feeling I honestly thought was amazing, and I’m glad this competition can allow teams to have such a sense of independence and competitiveness. Besides this very real feel to the competition it allowed me to improve my communication skills, time management, and self-discipline.

These traits I feel are wonderful individual and group skills that will only help when working with group projects and solo projects. I really feel that I’ve learned time management, because unlike many school projects, I couldn’t wait till the last minute and pull an all-nighter. Overall, this competition is a very good experience to learn how cut-throat the real world is and provides a unique opportunity to learn good habits that are enormously important for any major project to be taken seriously.


Jacob Semonis

Semonis bustThis competition has taught me many things about myself, along with preparing me for what professionally lies ahead of me. I’ve always been an extremely ambitious individual, and this competition has given me the perfect tool to learn how to tunnel and hone that ambition into something that can be utilized in a team setting. My involvement in the competition has ranged from managing the cost-benefit analysis of SoyTack all the way to problem solving the issues of our tackifier with Terence. I’ve made every effort during the competition to set up team meetings and to frequently update our advisors on the team’s endeavors.

This competition has taught me the meaning of time management, as well as the importance of communication and team- work. As we all have learned more about each other’s professional strengths and weaknesses, the team has worked together to play off of everyone’s strengths and abilities. As I aspire to be a strong and responsible leader and manager in my professional career, I’ll take these lessons that I’ve learned from this competition and will re- member what kinds of things can be achieved when people come together and tirelessly strive to reach a common goal.


Christopher StichterStichter bust

There are several very important things that I have learned from this project. While it seems that I learn some of these lessons with projects all the time, they seem to be more apparent as they apply to something that seems to be more relevant to my future other than some school project. To start with, better time management strategies is something that has really hit me as something I have learned better. While I have been working on this for a while, it is all the more apparent that I need to have better skills with this. In addition to this, I have learned that working with a team requires much more communication than I like to have with people sometimes. While email and texting gets you a ways and leaving notes for people, there is nothing better than having a good old-fashioned conversation with your team to discuss what has been happening, what you are doing currently, and what needs to be done. This always helps people stay within the timeline and guarantee everything is going to turn out well.

As for the future, this competition will help show employers my experience with other people and how all of this can work together to make me a better employee in general. To complement this, I am hoping to go into some sort of management position, so this experience will help me to know more of the ideas behind how other people do their work and help me be able to better work with them in the future.


Terence Babb

Babb bustThere are a limited number of research and design opportunities at Purdue that are as accessible as the Student Soybean Product Innovation Competition. The competition attracts students of all majors and academic levels, and encourages prospective competitors to socialize and find teams that fit their talents and philosophies, and to pursue new and innovative products instead of building on others’ research. The project moves through all phases of fabrication, from design to prototyping to final production, and all within one academic year. The most significant takeaway from this competition, for me, is the recognition of the work required to go from the drawing board to a final product, and the importance of ensuring the team is always making forward progress; once a project begins to fall behind, some aspects of the project may suffer in favor of getting caught up. By setting specific deliverables and firm deadlines, it mimics real-world design challenges, and allowed me to improve my skills regarding all phases of the process.


Susan HubbardHubbard bust

The Soy Innovation Competition is a really neat opportunity to create a product and learn about not only the technical aspects of its development, but also to learn about the marketing side of production. It is cool to be able to apply science that I have learned in class in developing a product and understanding why it works the way that it does. Furthermore, I have learned a lot about areas that are not covered in my studies. As a Biological Engineer, I am in both the College of Agriculture and Engineering; however, I feel that the majority of my classes are much more engineering focused. Through the Soy Innovation Competition, I have learned much more about the agricultural side of things, for example, I had to get pesticide training to work in the greenhouses, and I learned a lot about erosion control.

Another way that the Soy Innovation Competition is unique is that it is up to the team to create a new, useful product. I am interested in a career in research and development, so having some hands-on experience will benefit me in my job search. Additionally, looking into the technical feasibility and the commercial production of a product is something that is obviously very important, but is something that I had not given a whole lot of consideration.