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

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

Shannon (Oltmans) Hauf

Posted March 22, 2017

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)

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