Thank you so much for the support of my education. It is an immense honor to receive the Targeting Excellence scholarship. Your generosity and contributions to this scholarship program are very much appreciated.
Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
School: Purdue University
Major / Species: Animal Sciences; Swine Nutrition Concentration
Career Goals: I have a true passion for the swine industry. I have chosen it to be my life’s work and career many years ago on my
family’s farm in Northwest Indiana and have not looked back. I completed my undergraduate degree at Purdue
University majoring in Animal Sciences and my master’s degree at Kansas State University majoring in Animal Sciences
and Industry with a focus on swine nutrition. Before I began my PhD program, I was employed at Indiana Packers
Corporation (IPC) and was the Swine Nutrition Manager. I was responsible for all aspects of the nutritional program
including overseeing diet formulation, feed manufacturing, research projects, and on farm performance for Oracle Pork,
the live division of IPC. I enjoyed my career very much. It was rewarding work, however I had a desire to return to
school and further my education. This was a decision that I contemplated for some time.
When entering my master’s program at K-State in 2007, feed costs soared and we needed to learn how to feed coproducts
from biofuel production. Currently, antibiotic alternatives and gut health are prudent and necessary research
topics. As researchers, we need to be connected with the industry and nimble enough in our research programs to meet
the needs of an ever-evolving industry. For me, this application of academia to industry is the driving force to continue
my education. I wish to deepen my knowledge of nutrition though additional learning and discovery. I felt that I needed
to “press pause” on my career and put some new “tools in my toolbox” so I can better react to an ever-changing
landscape. It is my goal that the skills and experiences gained through my PhD program will further enhance my career,
my personal satisfaction, and ultimately, the global swine industry.
Upon completing my PhD, I look forward to returning to the swine industry. I would like to be a production nutritionist for a pig production or feed company or serve in a technical service roll for and ingredient company or other allied
industry company. It is my goal to become an industry nutritionist and assist swine producers in finding solutions to
biological and economic questions.
The ever-changing swine industry continually adopts new technologies to improve and refine production in a consumer
driven market that demands high quality, safe pork. I have a sincere passion for the swine industry and a deep desire to
return to it after graduate school. At the conclusion of my program, my goal is to be better equipped to provide
meaningful service and resources to swine producers and the global swine industry.