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Education and Public Engagement Coordinator
With a passion for broadening societal understanding of science, Hanna draws on her science communication background to build collaborations and share the innovative research of AIFS. Hanna spearheads programs to equip the next generation with the skills and knowledge needed to solve food system problems with innovative AI technologies, building on her previous experience in leading the programmatic and outreach activities of the UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy. She holds a B.S. in Geology and an M.S. in Geoscience.
With 35 years of experience developing and managing over 250 software projects, Steve serves as AIFS’ project manager and chief of staff. His background of working with AI and other innovative software technology projects for various industry segments including medical, automotive, government and education allows him to quickly understand and interface with the internal researchers and outward-facing program operations. Operationally connecting him with AIFS host university UC Davis, he is AIFS’ fiscal officer, research unit manager, and department IT lead. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in College Teaching.
With a diverse background spanning from healthcare, Human Resources, finance and the military, Steph provides executive assistance to the Director, Associate Director and Executive Committee in managing AIFS administrative systems, finances, and budgeting. Her experience implementing principles of customer service and political acumen provide high levels of service in a fast-paced and visible executive-level office environment. Steph supports project implementation, evaluation, research, and analysis to AIFS researchers and the external AI community and food systems. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology.
Web Portal Programmer
Always working on some passion project, David enjoys picking up new skills in all disciplines, from the sciences to the arts. With a B.S. in Computer Science and a passion for design, he finds great enjoyment working on web projects, as they provide the perfect opportunity to reach many people while allowing him to make use of his design skills improving user experience, web user interface and website coding. He is a developer for the Artificial Intelligence Institutes Virtual Organization (AIVO) and other web projects.
Lukas Maximilian Masopust
Frontend Software Engineer
Business Development Coordinator
Having spent the past 25 years working in business development roles in both corporate technology and controlled environment agriculture (CEA), and holding a B.A. in International Relations, Jim brings a wealth of industry, government, and hands-on, real-world business experience to the role of AIFS Business Development Coordinator. His partnerships and long-term business relationships span both across the globe and across a broad range of the food industry and academia.
He is the main point of contact for connecting with AIFS and their researchers to projects, partnering and sponsorship opportunities.
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
With 20+ years of experience working at universities, Ginger brings broad expertise in the areas of communications, marketing, event production, development, alumni relations, and branding. With degrees in Communications (B.A.), Psychology (B.A.), and Higher Education (M.Ed), she has a strong educational background and deep relationships with alumni, campus leadership, and friends of UC Davis that support her work with AIFS. She is the main point of contact for connecting with AIFS and their researchers for media needs, marketing, website inquiries, and speaking requests.
Back-End Software Engineer