Veronika Vazhnik is a graduate fellow at Idaho National Laboratory and a Ph.D. candidate at Pennsylvania State University. She researches farmer decision-making to introduce bioenergy crops in the US Midwest, and uses sustainability assessment to help optimize landscape designs. Vazhnik has presented at scientific conferences, and co-lead a multi-stakeholder workshop about perennial plants with the Chesapeake Bay Program that involved policy-makers, researchers, NGOs and farmers. She is a Steering Committee Member of Penn State’s “Stewarding Our Planet’s Resources” strategic planning committee, serves as the Graduate Student Representative to the American Society for Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and is the secretary at the “Engineering for Sustainability” standards committee at the ASABE. She has a B.Sc. from University of Freiburg (Germany) in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on environmental sciences and engineering, she completed part of her degree at the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR). Her Ph.D. studies are in BioRenewable Systems with a minor in Operations Research.