Alumni Spotlight: Jacob Schlick

Jacob Schlick
Meet alumni Jacob Schlick, who graduated in May of 2020 with a mechanized systems management major.
November 22, 2022

Graduation Date: May 2020 

Major: Mechanized Systems Management 

What is your current position? 

I am the founder and CEO of Saturn’s Lens. 

How did your time in CASNR shape your career path? 

After graduating from CASNR, I quickly realized that the people that I met on campus through classes and activities are the ones that I’m doing business with today. They are my peers and having the shared experience of CASNR gives us something that we can both relate to, and a trust is formed knowing that they went through similar experiences with mutual friends.  

What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job? 

Running my own company gives me the opportunity to showcase agriculture right through the lens. There isn’t a spin on it and it really tells the story of the farm, ranch or business at its core. Being able to connect on a variety of subject matters from my own experiences and from what I learned during my time at CASNR is fulfilling.  

What activities were you involved in during your time at UNL? 

I was involved in the Mechanized Systems Management Club, Alpha Gamma Rho, Nebrasksa Agricultural Youth Council, CASNR Coffee Club and Engler.  

What is your best memory of your time in CASNR? 

My best memory of my time spent in CASNR comes from the Mechanized Systems Management Club when we traveled to Louisville to the Farm Machinery Show. Around 15 people split between two vans, we drove out to the show and stayed multiple days. The National Tractor Pull was going on where we witnessed one of the tractors shoot their exhaust into the ceiling.  

How did CASNR prepare you for your life outside of work? 

CASNR gave me the connections for lifelong friendships. It seems that I cannot travel anywhere in the state without running into someone that I know through classes or activities on campus. It makes travel in the state seem smaller as when I get to where I’m going, I have a good chance of seeing someone I know.  

What do you think IANR and CASNR contribute to Nebraska, the United States and the world? 

IANR and CASNR both contribute a tremendous amount of knowledge to enter the workforce with the tools to succeed. Most of the students that I graduated with had a full time job awaiting them upon graduation. This cannot be said about all the colleges at the university and it is something that I am proud of to have gone through.   

What is your one piece of advice for current CASNR students? 

My one piece of advice that I can give current and future students of CASNR is to be active on campus. Your professors have a wealth of knowledge that they want to share inside and out of the classroom. Join as many clubs and activities that you can when you are in your first year of CASNR and find the ones that fit you the best. You never know when you are about to stumble upon a new and exciting path.