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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ariel Smith made her way up I-65 to Purdue to complete her graduate studies with a few stops along the way.

Starting as an undergraduate at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, then on to Vanderbilt University as a grad student, before winding up in West Lafayette to complete her dissertation, focusing on the food truck industry.

On the latest episode of Full Steam Ahead: A Podcast About Purdue, FOX59’s Adam Bartels talks with Smith about her time at Purdue, her passion behind her studies and the Food Truck Scholar Podcast, and more!

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