Being able to develop products and then see them on store shelves for people’s pets to enjoy is the most enjoyable experience on the job for pet development scientist Trevor Faber. He believes that his critical thinking skills have helped him excel in his career.
“My ability to think critically and apply my technical knowledge to product challenges has enabled me to be a valuable asset to my company,” Trevor says. “In addition, being able to explain technical information in nontechnical terms has greatly benefited my co-workers in understanding nutritional biology and the pet food industry.”
Trevor believes his experience at the University of Illinois prepared him for his position by teaching him these skills and others.
“The breadth of academic courses that I took made me well rounded,” Trevor says. “The classes allowed me to apply my knowledge to all aspects of the pet care business and solve technical issues.”
Outside of coursework, Trevor was involved in multiple extracurriculars, including belonging to the Companion Animals Club, doing two summer internships with ADM, and working as an undergraduate in nutrition lab in the Department of Animal Sciences. Opportunities like these, Trevor believes, distinguished the University of Illinois from other academic institutions.
“U of I sets itself apart by providing so many opportunities for students to further expand their learning,” Trevor says. “Whether it is the numerous clubs, being able to work in a research laboratory, or studying abroad, U of I has numerous ways for students to get involved and improve their knowledge in a certain field or the world around them.”