Staff Spotlight: Becky Aiken

Becky Aiken
Becky Aiken

About Becky: 

I was born and raised here in Lincoln, Nebraska. I earned my bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in graphic design from UNL in 2010. After graduation, I worked with a local web design company until I came to work for IANR in 2013.


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

I am an interactive design specialist with IANR Media. I work on designing websites, web and mobile apps, and email marketing campaigns for clients within the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


What drew you to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln? 

I liked the idea of putting my design skills to use for education and outreach, and working with experts in a variety of disciplines. Getting to see all the flora and fauna while working on East Campus is an added bonus.


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

I love that I am constantly exposed to subjects that are new to me thanks to the varied expertise of the IANR faculty. I never imagined I’d be so well acquainted with evapotranspiration or the emerald ash borer!


What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

I am largely self-taught when it comes to HTML and CSS, and developing that knowledge led me from college internships and on-campus jobs into a career I enjoy. I get to use both sides of my brain by designing and coding, and I am always learning new things in order to keep up with evolving trends and technology.


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

I have an extensive mid-century cookbook collection.


What is your life like outside of work? 

In my free time I enjoy reading, drawing, cooking, getting together with friends and squirrel-watching with my two gray cats. I recently started learning to play the banjo – I’ve been taking lessons since July!