Shwetha S. RamanathanShwetha S. Ramanathan, President

Shwetha obtained her master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Mysore, India and is currently pursuing her PhD related to herbicide carryover effects on soybean crop in North Carolina. She strongly believes that the interdisciplinary exchange of scientific ideas can improve the translation of research from the bench to the field and guide agricultural innovations. CALS SAIGE gives her an opportunity to connect with dedicated individuals who have a vision for international development. She hopes that one day her scientific background and experiences will enable her to work with children in rural areas to inspire them with notions about sustainability, environmental protection and encourage cultural harmony.


Tim Kloppe, Treasurer

Tim is a Plant Pathology PhD student with a strong background in Agricultural Plant Sciences, investigating genetic resistance in wheat against fungal diseases. As much as crossing disciplines in science, he regards cultural awareness and international collaboration as a key to success. Different backgrounds of people and their perspectives can help develop holistic approaches to tackle future challenges, locally and globally.


Daniyar Zhumadilov, Secretary

Daniyar is a PhD student in Economics department with research interests in Agricultural and Environmental Economics. He obtained his MA in Applied Economics from Miami University (Ohio) and BA in Economics from Nazarbayev University (Astana, Kazakhstan). Daniyar is motivated to be a part of CALS SAIGE team because he believes that this organization provides a great platform for exchange of ideas and experiences. Such exchange can help broaden perspective on current and future challenges in various fields.


Karlinton Rafael Flores Maldonado, Events Coordinator

Karlinton is a Poultry Science and Nutrition Ph.D. student. His background as a bachelor is Agronomy and as a master Poultry Science. He gives great emphasis on cultural exchange and learning. Living in 8 different countries allows him to know how important is to break cultural and language barriers to grow in scientific and personal knowledge.



Jinlong Han

Jinlong is a PhD student in Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. He is studying the biological response of insect vectors to plant virus infection for developing the alternative, sustainable plant disease management strategies. “CALS SAIGE provides valuable opportunities of interdisciplinary interaction between people from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, exposing them to cultural exchange and appreciation, as well as potential collaboration in the future. I believe the stories behind the life of people from different part of the world will stimulate great ideas and motivation to challenge the current and future problems.”


Janel Louise Ohletz

Janel is a  PhD student in Soil Science in the College of Agriculture and Life Science researching nutrient management in corn using remote sensing technology.  She has M.S. in Agricultural Science and a B.S in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the University of New Hampshire. She is deeply committed to working toward a more sustainable and equitable food system. Prior to returning to school, this classically trained chef worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years. She believes in making an impact by being part of the conversation, whether that be to advocate for a change in our food system or to help create professional development training that is more inclusive, robust and pertinent to the needs of today’s graduate students regardless of the career path.


Alejandro Llanos CALS SAIGE

Alejandro K. Llanos

Alejandro is an International student in Plant Pathology, originally from Lima, Peru. He conducted his undergrad at “La Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina – UNALM”, and has been at NC State University since 2018. Pursuing a dream is not easy. However, the daily experience of studying overseas is worth it, for him. He feels motivated being part of SAIGE because it seeks to reinforce the integration among CALS graduate student and to keep interactions with people around the world, whose first-hand experiences will give members a broad view in their career.

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