Tria is a native of Wausau, Wisconsin. He graduated with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2008 and has been working at Cargill, Inc. Immediately after graduation, Tria worked at a ground beef plant in Butler, WI (right outside of Milwaukee) then moved on to another plant in Columbus, NE for 3 years. He returned to the Butler plant in 2015. His current position is a Food Safety, Quality, and Regulatory Superintendent. His responsibilities include completing customer audits, working with compliance with USDA and and government regulations, and quality assurance.
At UW-Madison, Tria shared his favorite class was the one focused on bacteria in food. In this own words he described, “the class was very interesting because it was information that was relevant to everyone. You learned about the different types of bacteria out there that are in foods that could cause people to get sick and the impacts it has on driving change for food manufacturers.”
He stressed how his major prepared him for his career, “it allowed me to explore the technical engineering side of things as well as the biological side. This gave me the knowledge I needed to be ready for any career in biology or engineering.”
Additionally, Tria highlighted experiences as a student that helped prepare him for a successful career today. These included being involved with Hmong Association of Engineers (HAE), Hmong American Student Association (HASA), and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS). His advice to current students, “set a goal for yourself and never give up even if you fail many times.”