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Claudia Carter, B.S. and M.S.

Claudia Carter, B.S. and M.S.

Claudia Carter

Name: Claudia Carter

Degrees: B.S. in Food Science and M.S. in Cereal Science

Years Graduated: B.S. in 2010 and M.S. in 2014

Advisers: B.S. adviser was Dr. Clifford Hall and M.S. adviser was Dr. Frank Manthey

Current Position: Executive Director and Laboratory Director of the California Wheat Commission; Administrator for the California Grain Foundation.

As the Executive Director of the California Wheat Commission, my efforts are concentrated on meeting the Commission’s goals to create and maintain demand of California wheat in the domestic and international markets. I report to the Board and organize three Board meetings per year; interact with the entire wheat industry including growers, wheat handlers, milling and baking companies, and other industry partners; serve as the liaison between the industry and our growers; communicate about wheat research with our wheat breeder at UC Davis; work closely with the UC Davis Extension Specialist; and manage a staff of five.

The California Wheat Commission is the only wheat commission in the U.S. that has a quality lab in-house. As the Lab Director, I manage the operations of the Quality Lab, not only for our own crop quality efforts, but also to maintain and create more revenue for the lab through fee-for-service clientele.

For the California Grain Foundation (a non-profit organization) I serve as administrator of operations.

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today

NDSU has contributed in many different ways. At the beginning of my studies, I was able to work in different areas related to Food Science. I worked at a food microbiology lab when given the opportunity to do so. In the classroom I had classmates with different backgrounds that taught me about their countries and cultures, which shaped the way I see the world now.

Dr. Hall was a wonderful adviser. He was very helpful with any questions I had, even more when it came to trying to find a job. He gave me good advice about the food industry in general.

Dr. Manthey was my mentor. He was not only my adviser, but also my boss when I worked at the Durum Wheat Quality Lab. He pushed me to be better and to improve in anything I was doing. He motivated me to go further in my career and to always ask the question, “Why?” He encouraged me and also instilled in me to be curious and to seek for the answer without giving up.

At NDSU I had many opportunities to broaden my perspective about the world outside of the Cereal and Food Science world. That is when I decided to learn more from other departments at NDSU. I took a class in leadership from the Ag Business Department with Dr. Peterson. He was also a great contribution from NDSU to my professional career. I learned about leadership skills based on his teachings that have helped me as I moved into a leadership position at such a young age. In addition to all the great contributions I received, I also found it valuable to have the Northern Crops Institute part of the Cereal and Food Science program.

NDSU and its Food and Cereal Science programs have a lot to offer. Professors care deeply about their students and their success. They take the time to know you and to help you in any way.

(Photo credit: Matt Salvo, California Farm Bureau Federation)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form. Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Darrin Hauf, B.S. and M.S.

Darrin Hauf, B.S. and M.S.

Darrin Hauf

Name: Darrin Hauf

Degrees: B.S. in Crop and Weed Sciences and M.S. in Plant Breeding

Years Graduated: B.S. in 1994 and M.S. in 2002

Advisers: Dr. Edward Deckard and Dr. Ken Grafton

Current Position: Research Scientist in Data Science and Informatics at DuPont Pioneer

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

“The wide range of experience I gained at North Dakota State University prepared me for the different roles I’ve had at DuPont Pioneer. I worked with many people in various research settings at NDSU. I believe this provided excellent training to take on the various roles assigned to me at DuPont Pioneer including molecular breeding, field research, software development and project management.”

Darrin talked about his career and encouraged current NDSU Plant Sciences graduate students in a seminar titled “A Bushel of Experiences at DuPont Pioneer” which he presented during the “Use and Analysis of Unbalanced Data in Plant Breeding” workshop held February 14-16, 2017 in the Department of Plant Sciences.

During graduate school, Darrin met and married his wife, Shannon (Oltmans) Hauf who graduated with a Ph.D. in 2002. Darrin and Shannon now live in New Melle, Missouri. See Shannon Hauf’s Alumni Update.

(Photo by Karen Hertsgaard)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form. Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Shannon (Oltmans) Hauf, M.S. and Ph.D.

Shannon (Oltmans) Hauf, M.S. and Ph.D.

Shannon (Oltmans) Hauf

Name: Shannon (Oltmans) Hauf

Degrees: M.S. in Plant Sciences with emphasis in potato breeding; Ph.D. in Plant Sciences with emphasis in Extesion weed science

Years Graduated: M.S. in 1999 and Ph.D. in 2002

Advisers: Dr. Richard Novy and Dr. Richard Zollinger

Current Position: Global Technology Lead in Cotton, Wheat, and Specialty Crops at Monsanto in St. Louis, Missouri

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

Shannon says that NDSU Plant Sciences contributed to where she is today by: Providing her a strong foundation for applied learning and experiences in plant breeding, agronomy, and weed science. Having the opportunity to interact with farmers and commodity representatives at field days gave her experience for understanding farmers' needs and importance of developing solutions as she entered her first role with Monsanto. Shannon also was the graduate student representative on the SBARE team, which gave her insight into budgeting and resource allocations and experience for roles she has had in Monsanto leading teams and being responsible for strategy and resource allocations. These experiences showed her the importance of private-public partnerships, for which she continues to be a strong proponent throughout her career at Monsanto. Shannon is grateful for the breadth of experiences she gained while at NDSU and especially the people from the Plant Sciences Department that were part of her graduate experience.

During graduate school, Shannon met and married her husband, Darrin Hauf who graduated with a M.S. in 2002. Shannon and Darrin now live in New Melle, Missouri. See Darrin Hauf’s Alumni Update.

(Photo submitted by Shannon Hauf)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form. Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Collin Lamkey, M.S.

Collin Lamkey, M.S.

Collin Lamkey

Name: Collin Lamkey

Degree: M.S. in Plant Sciences

Year Graduated: 2011

Adviser: Dr. Ted Helms

Continued Education: Ph.D. at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Current Position: Corn Breeder with Dow AgroSciences, Breckenridge, MN

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

“The education I received from the NDSU Plant Sciences department helped me build my foundation as a scientist. The technical skills I learned from Dr. Helms and the soybean project have helped me get to where I am today. Thanks, guys!”

(Photo by Collin Lamkey)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form. Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Jason Eckert, B.S.

Jason Eckert, B.S.

Jason Eckert

Name: Jason Eckert

Degree: B.S. in Food Science

Year Graduated: 1993

Adviser: Dr. Bert Moore

Current Position: SVP of Global Research, Development & Quality at Leprino Foods, Denver, CO

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

“The food science and microbiology programs gave me a great foundation for my career in quality and research. The staff was instrumental in helping me secure work experiences while I was in school and my first job at Dakota Growers Pasta Company.”

(Photo submitted by Jason Eckert)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form.  Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Katelyn Garbe, B.S.

Katelyn Garbe, B.S.

Katelyn Garbe

Name: Katelyn Garbe

Degree: B.S. in Crop and Weed Sciences

Year Graduated: 2014

Adviser: Dr. Kirk Howatt

Current Position: Agronomist/Sales Lead at Arthur Companies, Harvey-Anamoose ND Branch

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

"[The NDSU Plant Sciences] department gave me many skills that have made me successful in my current career."

(Photo submitted by Katy Garbe)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form.  Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Magan (Friskop) Lewis, Ph.D.

Magan (Friskop) Lewis, Ph.D.

Magan Lewis

Name: Magan (Friskop) Lewis

Degree: Ph.D. in Plant Sciences (Plant Breeding & Genetics)

Year Graduated: 2012

Adviser: Dr. Richard Horsley

Current Position: Site Leader and Corn Breeder at Dow AgroSciences research site near Huron, SD

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

"The NDSU Plant Sciences Program equipped me to grow not only as a research scientist, but as a business leader. I am able to capitalize and build upon the technical expertise gained at NDSU every day."

(Photo submitted by Magan Lewis)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form.  Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Sami Suzer, M.S.

Sami Suzer, M.S.

Sami Suzer

Name: Sami Suzer

Degree: M.S. in Plant Sciences

Year Graduated: 1990

Adviser: Dr. Albert Schneiter

Current Position: Ph.D. Head of Soil and Water Resources Department at Trakya Agricultural Research Institute in Turkey

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

"My education and my master degree from NDSU between 1988 and 1990, forced me to develop myself both academically and personally. The experiences and knowledge I gained while involved with the Plant Sciences program at NDSU have been invaluable to me. The subjects I studied there and the experiences I gained as an agronomist contributed to provide high quality research projects in plant sciences pertaining to agriculture, food systems and sustainable natural resources. Thank you to the NDSU Plant Sciences Department Staff for engaging today’s and tomorrow's agriculture and food issues."

(Photo submitted by Sami Suzer)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form.  Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Matt Musial, M.S.

Matt Musial, M.S.

Matt Musial, M.S.

Name: Matt Musial

Degree: M.S. in Plant Sciences with emphasis in Cereal Science

Year Graduated: 2007

Adviser: Dr. Paul Schwarz

Current Position: Supply Chain Leader and OMS Champion at BP Biofuels, Jennings, LA

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

"My education at NDSU has contributed to preparing me for a career in bioprocessing through exposure to all facets of processing and the science behind them."

(Photo submitted by Matt Musial)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form.  Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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David Boehm, M.S.

David Boehm, M.S.

David Boehm

Name: David Boehm

Degree: M.S. in Plant Sciences

Year Graduated: 2002

Adviser: Dr. Bill Berzonsky

Current Position: U.S. Research and Development Manager at SESVanderHave USA

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

"The connections I have today as a result of my time at NDSU have had a profound impact on my career success. I would never be in my current position without the education and research experiences I gained while earning my M.S."

(Photo by Steven Cosyn, SESVanderHave USA)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form.  Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Teresa (Jacobsen) Mitzel, M.S.

Teresa (Jacobsen) Mitzel, M.S.

Teresa (Jacobsen) Mitzel, M.S.

Name: Teresa (Jacobsen) Mitzel

Degree: M.S. in Horticulture

Year Graduated: 1988

Adviser: Dr. Shelley Jansky

Current Position: Head of Product Evaluation & Advancement Vegetables at Syngenta in Idaho

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

"NDSU Plant Sciences gave me an awesome foundation to launch a career in Plant Breeding. My undergraduate degree focused on Landscape Design, and my Masters program on plant breeding in potatoes. I was very fortunate to combine both of them in a career of breeding ornamentals. I have been with Syngenta for 22 years, and have now transitioned to Vegetables as the Head of Product Evaluation in North America. My team takes the products from the discovery science stage and decides which products best fit our customer needs. Bringing plant potential to life and feeding the world!!! Thank you NDSU for initiating my journey."

(Photo by Taylor Mitzel)

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form.  Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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Robynn (Anfinrud) Dillon, M.S.

Robynn (Anfinrud) Dillon, M.S.

Robynn (Anfinrud) Dillon, M.S.

Name: Robynn (Anfinrud) Dillon

Degree: M.S. in Plant Sciences

Year Graduated: 2012

Adviser: Dr. Marisol Berti

Current Position: Secondary Science Teacher at Christian Life School in Farmington, MN

How has NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences contributed to where you are today?

"My MS education in Plant Sciences at NDSU has helped me to develop a greater appreciation for those who produce food and fuel crops around the world. I now have the privilege of educating my students about the importance of agriculture and how it impacts their lives daily."

If you are an alumnus of NDSU Plant Sciences/Cereal and Food Sciences, we would like to hear from you!  Visit our alumni page (http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/alumni) and submit an update form.  Include a statement about your experience at NDSU, along with a photo, and indicate your permission to use it in our web and social media outlets.

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