Indiana Roadtrip


Insurance Roadtrip

Explore the advances being made in Indiana's most dynamic industries—and see what hard-working Hoosiers can accomplish.

This summer, we’re sending three post-secondary students from Indiana on a life-changing road trip to see how Indiana-grown ingenuity is keeping their home state at the cutting edge of rapid technological change. They’re spending two weeks exploring some of the exciting industries powering Indiana’s growth—including healthcare services, advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and technology—and connecting with the Hoosiers working at the forefront of these fields. Follow along with their journey, and see how the state nicknamed the “Crossroads of America” is driving the future forward for us all.


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THE ROADTRIPPERS

  • Shannon

  • Dengke

  • Jaedyn

Shannon

Age 21
From Beech Grove , IN

Currently studying plant science at Purdue University, Shannon’s love for the field is no joke: when she was in high school, she discovered a new species of microorganism, a bright pink phylloplane yeast that will be named Foliophilomyces newerthii in her honor! But even after attaining such a high level of success at a young age, she’s facing the same struggles every college junior faces: What should she specialize in? Should she continue her education beyond her bachelor’s degree? And if so, how will she pay for that? Driving these decisions is her desire to help people—and specifically, to help the farmers of Indiana. A lover of travel—she recently returned from a study-abroad program in Australia—she’s ready to use this new adventure to not only explore her home state, but to find out what its farmers need most.

Shannon

Dengke

Age 19
From Portage, IN

After emigrating from China to industrial Northwestern Indiana at the age of seven, Dengke was interested in engineering from a young age. But his first dream was to follow in his older brother’s footsteps and join the military. The National Guard felt like a great fit for Dengke—who counts leadership and discipline among his key strengths—but a paperwork snafu ended his service early. It was a tough setback, but he quickly pivoted to plan B, and recently finished his first semester of a general engineering program at Purdue University. He knows he still wants to be a leader someday—someone who can inspire and motivate others to reach their true potential—but still so early on in his education, he first needs to see as many different engineering paths as possible to figure out where he can plug in his skills.

Dengke

Jaedyn

Age 18
From Kokomo, IN

“If you don’t love life, you’re doing it wrong.” This is the mantra that Jaedyn tries his best to live by; it was coined by one of his best friends, who passed away suddenly last year. After losing his friend, the high school senior dealt with some tough roadblocks: he sunk into a depression, let his grades slip, and questioned his path to college. But he realized that the best way to honor his friend is by getting back to doing what he loves, and what he loves is helping animals. After he received a personal sympathy card from his veterinarian when his guinea pig passed away, Jaedyn knew he’d found his dream career; now entering his first year of community college, he hopes he can sit down with Indiana’s best vets to get the inspiration he needs for what he knows could be a challenging road to veterinary school, and beyond.

Jaedyn

HOME SWEET HOME

hopper the RV

QUICK STATS

DOB...........................2004

# OF ROADTRIPS..............1

MILES.......................45,000

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

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INTERVIEWS
Indianapolis, IN
8/8/2017

Lindsay Siovaila

Lead Solutions Developer, Salesforce / Founder, Girl Develop It Indianapolis

Lafayette, IN
8/10/2017

Joshua Cowan

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Technician, GE Aviation

Andrew Meiers

LEAP 1A Program Improvement Leader, GE Aviation

Delphi, IN
8/10/2017

Brian Scott

Farmer & Founder, The Farmer's Life

Warsaw, IN
8/14/2017

Hallie Brinkerhuff

Director of Sports Medicine Research & Development, Zimmer Biomet

Seymour, IN
8/15/2017

Darren Kimmel

Manufacturing Engineering Leader, Cummins, Inc.

Mount Vernon, IN
8/16/2017

Lance Snodgrass

Field Biologist, Dow AgroSciences

Kevin Wright

Senior Research Technician, Dow AgroSciences

Fishers, IN
8/17/2017

Polina Feldman

Director of Research and Human Performance, Recovery Force

Santiago Jaramillo

CEO & Co-Founder, Emplify

Indianapolis, IN
8/18/2017

Ting Gootee

Founding Member & Chief Investment Officer, Elevate Ventures

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Indianapolis, IN
8/8/2017

Lindsay Siovaila

Lead Solutions Developer, Salesforce / Founder, Girl Develop It Indianapolis


Lafayette, IN
8/10/2017

Joshua Cowan

Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Technician, GE Aviation

Andrew Meiers

LEAP 1A Program Improvement Leader, GE Aviation


Delphi, IN
8/10/2017

Brian Scott

Farmer & Founder, The Farmer's Life


Warsaw, IN
8/14/2017

Hallie Brinkerhuff

Director of Sports Medicine Research & Development, Zimmer Biomet


Seymour, IN
8/15/2017

Darren Kimmel

Manufacturing Engineering Leader, Cummins, Inc.


Mount Vernon, IN
8/16/2017

Lance Snodgrass

Field Biologist, Dow AgroSciences

Kevin Wright

Senior Research Technician, Dow AgroSciences


Fishers, IN
8/17/2017

Polina Feldman

Director of Research and Human Performance, Recovery Force

Santiago Jaramillo

CEO & Co-Founder, Emplify


Indianapolis, IN
8/18/2017

Ting Gootee

Founding Member & Chief Investment Officer, Elevate Ventures

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