Student Pipeline

Objectives of panel session:

    • Discuss different perspectives on challenges and opportunities
    • Develop a better understanding of what changes are needed in industry, academia and agencies
    • Identify and prioritize actions for further consideration and strategic planning

Challenges This Session Will Address

    • Industry organizations, such as DMI, are creating sustainability goals, e.g., GHG emissions and water quality, but often do not have personnel with the training (engineering, technical) and background to help make these goals a reality. Furthermore, they may not have a good understanding of what expertise and/or capabilities they need or should be expected from recent graduates.
    • Universities face challenges in providing students the course work and training opportunities so graduates possess an appropriate level of the technical/engineering knowledge/skills desired by industry and agencies to help meet sustainability goals. Focused training generally requires collaboration with industry/agencies and sharing of resources to meet needs of all parties.
    • Students often have great interest in environmental science curricula, but graduates of such programs may not possess the level of technical training desired. Students who are willing to invest in developing their technical capabilities need to have some confidence that there will be meaningful employment opportunities for them in organizations related to animal agriculture or they will pursue training and opportunities in other fields.


    • Becky Larson, University of Wisconsin (Moderator),
    • Michelle Rossman, Dairy Management Inc. (Industry)
    • Amy Millmier Schmidt, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Faculty)
    • Sam Mullins, Livestock and Environmental Permitting, Ohio Department of Agriculture (Government Agency)
    • Mara Zelt, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Recent Student)


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