Faculty Spotlight: Tami Brown-Brandl

Tami Brown-Brandl
Tami Brown-Brandl

About Tami Brown-Brandl:

  I am an agricultural and biosystems engineer.  I work in the field of precision animal management.  Basically, I am using technology to improve animal well-being by making it easier for producers and animal caretakers to manage the animals under their watch.

What is your position at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?

I am a professor in Biological Systems Engineering, and I also have the honor of being the Dr. William E. and Eleanor L. Splinter Chair. 

What drew you to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?

I have been an adjunct member of the BSE department for almost 20 years.  I transitioned from the US Meat Animal Research Center, to join a larger team of engineers and to increase my interaction with students.

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?

I enjoy working with students and seeing them achieve their goals.  I also very much enjoy seeing a project come to completion.  As you work on various research projects, you always learn something new. 

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

This is a hard question for me. I have received awards and invitations, and I am honored and humbled by each of them.  However, the greatest achievements are really when you have students and professionals who travel across the world to spend time in my lab to work on projects with me.  I think that is the true test – when others find your work compelling enough to travel to work with you.

What is something that most people don't know about you?

I really enjoy traveling.  I love to see agriculture in the different places I visit and to try different types of food.

What is your life like outside of work?

Outside of work, I coach/mentor young student in two different robotics teams.  My younger team is a FIRST Lego League team that engages students from 3rd – 8th grade.  I also mentor high school students on a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team.