Name: Josh Murman
Major: Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering
Hometown: Glenvil, Neb.
Anticipated Date of Graduation: December 2019
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
I visited a few universities with Agricultural Engineering programs, and I was drawn to Lincoln for several reasons. Primarily, I engaged with faculty during my visit, and the ag. engineering program described aligned directly with my career interests. The Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, directly associated with the department, is the only facility of its kind in the Western hemisphere and would provide valuable work experience as well as contact with potential employers. I elected to remain with UNL for my graduate program as a result of relationships developed during my undergrad career. I was intrigued and challenged by the projects I would be working on and was encouraged by the potential for valuable outcome of my work, for the university and beyond.
What is your favorite thing about University of Nebraska–Lincoln?
My favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is the alignment of the academic programs with future career interests. Academic advisors layout a plan which best matches your interests and develops your knowledge base. Career fairs attract companies of all types and provide internship opportunities to compare real work experiences with expectations. Professional and engineering competition clubs encourage application of newfound engineering knowledge and give exposure to employers judging the competitions. ABET accreditation ensures a comprehensive academic program.
How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?
Throughout my undergrad and now graduate career within the department there has been a diverse group of students. I enjoy hearing stories of how students found Nebraska and learn about the culture differences. Diversity and inclusion is essential throughout the workplace for productive industry, as I have seen through my internship experiences. Group projects and clubs encourage these practices within the University system and provide development of these essential networking skills.
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
The best class I have taken so far is AGEN 424, Machine Design. The topics covered in the class are directly applicable to real world engineering problems.
What are your plans post-graduation?
After finishing the Master’s program, I intend to work in the agricultural machinery industry, as a design engineer.
What’s life like outside of school?
I enjoy being outside and working on various projects. My ever growing immediately family keeps me busy trying to be uncle of the year!