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Maya Fitriyanti

Maya is a doctoral student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering with major concentration in Biological and Food Process Engineering. She is originally from Bandung, Indonesia. It is about 3 hours driving from the capital city, Jakarta.

Why did you choose Purdue?

Purdue is among the best universities for graduate programs in Biological/Agricultural Engineering. Some of the professors at my previous campus back home are from Purdue. I often saw their cars at a parking lot with Purdue stickers. So I though this also might be the sign why I should choose Purdue!

What is your favorite fact about Purdue?

It is located in a friendly small college town which is perfect for studying, but still within a good distance to bigger cities like Indianapolis and Chicago. Also, there is a lot of diversity in Purdue. Her research is about combining sound energy and antimicrobial compounds to inactivate bacterial cells. She studies how they are disrupting the cell membranes that can lead to bacterial cell death. This knowledge can be useful for example in designing new drugs and food preservation.

Career goal?

My goal is to work as a R & D scientist in a biotechnology company or a faculty at my home country. I love working in the lab and collaborate with people from different backgrounds.

Where do you spend most of your time on campus?

My office and Lab during typical working day. I also like to sit at libraries and PMU to meet some friends. 

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?

Chrome or Safari for just about every type of browsing, Google apps, Tile app to locate my keys, scientific calculator, pen and notebook. 

What’s your workspace setup?

My office is located at 3rd floor with windows overlook the buildings at Agriculture Mall, especially during winter the view is beautiful. I am working with two monitors to help me multitask. There is always some snacks in my desk to recharge myself between works. I share the room with three other graduate students, which is fun because I have friends to talk to. 

If you have free time, how do you choose to spend it?

Working on DIY project, going to a resale/vintage store, eating out with friends, and baking. I'm not an experienced baker but I love trying new recipes because I'm a big fan of The Great British Bake Off show, haha! 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Do good and good will come to you. 

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