What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I am an Assistant Professor and Precision Livestock Management Specialist in the Departments of Animal Science and Biological Systems Engineering. I hold 65% research and 35% extension appointment, with a focus to bridge the gap between animal production and engineering principles and promote innovative technology understanding and adoption in the livestock industry.
What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I was drawn to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln due to the perfect alignment of my passions and career goals. My love for working with animals, combined with the desire to help producers prioritize their production goals while achieving desired animal welfare, led me to pursue the position. I am thrilled to be part of a vibrant community that values cutting-edge technologies and innovative solutions. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers an ideal platform for me to contribute to the field, make a meaningful impact, and collaborate with experts in advancing animal science and precision livestock management.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
One aspect of working in an educational setting that I enjoy the most is the opportunity to interact and help livestock producers. As a researcher and extension specialist, I find great satisfaction in delivering relevant knowledge and programming to owners, operators, and allied industries in the livestock production spaces. I take pride in equipping producers with the knowledge, tools, and strategies they need. It is incredibly fulfilling to witness them embrace innovative approaches and consider potential adoption. Being able to contribute to their success and foster a culture of continuous learning within the livestock industry is both inspiring and rewarding.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
One of my greatest achievements is the opportunity to educate students and train the next-generation agricultural workforce. Witnessing their growth, passion, and development of essential skills necessary for success in this field is incredibly rewarding. In my mind, seeing them succeed and make significant contributions to the field soon is a testament to the impact of education in building a strong and sustainable agricultural industry.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
Most people don't know that I have a musician dream – I have played classical piano since I was 3, accumulating over 12 years of experience. During my undergraduate years, I played bass guitar for a small alternative punk music band in our college.
What is your life like outside of work?
Outside of work, I consider myself quite a private person who enjoys a more relaxed and low-key lifestyle. I have a spoiled cat with whom I enjoy spending time and teasing playfully. I love going to national parks and practicing my amateur photography skills. Whenever possible, I try to visit and spend quality time with my family. One life lesson that I've learned recently is the importance of cherishing moments with loved ones while there are still opportunities to do so.