Tim Verlinsky is a junior at the University of Illinois majoring in Technical Systems Management and minoring in Business. His goal is to gain knowledge in the agricultural and food processing fields. With this in mind, Tim began work at the UIUC Pilot Processing Plant in April of 2019. The opportunities for hands-on experience such as working directly with machines to produce tomato sauce, flour, or fermented hot peppers for the university have been helpful to grow this knowledge on the various systems and the mechanical skills required to operate them. After graduating, Tim hopes to further his experience with larger-scale food production with the goal of sustainability and decreasing food instability in the world.