Economics Alumni Class Notes
PhD Economics, 2006
PhD Economics, 2003
Dr. Pin Chung is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Investment Officer in R+V International Business Services, Ltd., Dublin, Ireland. His responsibilities include: supervise set up of the hedge modelling unit; supervise development of possible hedging strategies for the guarantees in R+V’s Variable Annuity business; supervise reviewing and controlling of external investment partners; deliver effective financial and management control infrastructure; provide leadership to IT and administration teams.
Prior to R+V International, Pin was a vice president with Allianz Investment Management in the firm’s Minneapolis, Minnesota office. Pin was the leader of the Asset-Liability Management and Strategic Asset Allocation team, which provides ALM/SAA services for the North American Life and P&C insurance subsidiaries of Allianz, SE. Pin has more than 10 years of experience in a variety of areas including: hedging, asset liability management, financial modelling and investment management for a variety of life and annuity products.
Pin is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (ASA) and a member of American Academy of Actuaries (MAAA). He is also certified as a financial risk manager (FRM) by the Global Association of Risk Managers (GARP). Pin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Tung-Hai University in Taichung, Taiwan, and a master’s degree in Mathematics and a second master’s degree in Actuarial Science and Statistics, both from the University of Iowa. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from Iowa State University.
MS Economics, 2003
It is great to hear from ISU graduates. I am currently working as an assistant professor at the Cooperative Research Programs at Lincoln University and I am enjoying it very much. I missed my days at ISU :)
MS Economics, 2005
Since graduating in Aug 2005, I have been with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. I am a Research Associate in the Economic Research Department and enjoying it.
PhD Economics, 2006
I am currently working as a Financial Economist at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), U.S. Treasury Department, in Washington D.C.
PhD Economics, 2002
So glad to hear from Iowa State. After graduating in May 2002, I went to work for Capital One in Richmond, VA. And have been with the company since. Currently I am a statistical analysis manager for its Small Business Department. My daughter Selina was born in Richmond and she is two and half now.
MS Economics, 1999
Joseph Fung (BA - Econ and MIS, MS - Econ) is the Senior Market Analyst for The Mosaic Company in Plymouth, MN. Mosaic (MOS), formed by the combination of Cargill Crop Nutrition and IMC Global in October 2004, is a leading producer of phosphate and potash crop nutrients. He is also the Chairman (2009-2011) of the Economics Council of The Fertilizer Institute.
MS Econ, 1997
I left Iowa State more than 10 years. I received the Department Newletter for the first time with Dr. Moschini's picture on the front page. I was so so excited! This is the first time I have the urge to write something to my former school.
I came to ISU from China more than 15 years ago with the assistantship and fellowship from Dept. of Econ. I got my double Ms. (Stat with Econ) and landed a good job right after graduate. With the good reputation of the school, I have worked several prestigious companies including Freddie Mac, American Express and Citigroup. With the knowledge and leadership I learned shortly in ISU, I have been grown from a junior analyst to a SVP in Risk Management. I appreciate the generosity of the school, who supported me to come to this country and establish my career in this competitive country.
Dr. Moschini didn't change at all, still as young as 15 years ago. Dr. Schroeter, my then academic advisor, shows more smiles than before, however with the same sporty and lean figure.
So keep in touch.Hope to continue receiving the update...
MS Economics, 1984
Tom Fullerton has been named to the Trade in the Americas Endowed Chair at the Department of Economics & Finance at the University of Texas at El Paso. At UTEP, Fullerton coordinates the MS Economics program and directs the Border Region Modeling Project. He formerly held the JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo Endowed Professorships at UTEP. Last Spring, he helped coach the 5th Grade basketball team of his son Brett to the SWCAA championship in El Paso. Last summer, he followed that up by coaching the 12U baseball team of his son Brett to the SWBL championship in El Paso. At Iowa State, Fullerton’s thesis advisor was Wally Huffman.
MS Economics, 1987
I live in Overland Park, Kansas with my wife and two girls (Justine, 10 and Jessica, 8). I am a Vice President and General Manager of the Business & Technology Services Division of Burns and McDonnell. This is the consulting arm of the engineering-construction-environmental firm headquartered in Kansas City. Just finished 20 years in energy consulting this year following my graduation from ISU in 1987.
PhD Ag Economics, 1985
Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer (PhD, 1985) was appointed Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA) at Purdue University starting Oct. 2006. In his first year in IPIA projects were funded by USAID, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Globe Foundation.
MS Agricultural Economics, 1987
I graduated in 1987 with an MS in Agricultural Economics. At graduation I went to work for my family's rice milling and marketing company. We sell organic and natural rice and rice products in the natural food industry. I am married and have two teenage kids. I live in Chico, CA.
PhD Agricultural Economics, 1980
Mike Rahm (MS 1978 and PhD 1980) is Vice President, Market Analysis and Strategic Planning for The Mosaic Company in Plymouth, MN. Mosaic (MOS), formed by the combination of Cargill Crop Nutrition and IMC Global in October 2004, is a leading producer of phosphate and potash crop nutrients.
MS Agric Economics, 1984
After graduating with MS In agric economics from Iowa State, Chamhuri joined as lecturer at the Department of Agc Economics Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia). He was appointed Associate Professor in 1988, and full Professor in 1994. He has researched and published widely in the areas of agricultural/rural development and policy, food policy, poverty, trade and environment, environmental degradation, sustainable development, indicators and livelihood and also integrated disaster risk reduction. He has also presentated his research findings in various national and international seminars and conferences. He has supervised more than 20 PhD and 15 Masters graduates and also served as external examiners to numerous masters and PhD candidates both at national and international levels. In 2009 he was honoured as Emeritus Professor at the National University of Malaysia.
At the national level he has served as consultants to numerous government agencies such as Malaysian Economic Planning Unit, Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, Ministry of Agriculture and Agro Industries, Farmers Association, etc. He has served in variuos planning committees such as the Technical Working Group, Inter Agency Planning Group for various Malaysian Five Year Development Plans. At the international level he has served as consultants to ADB, UNEP, UNDP, etc. He presently is a member of Science Committee, Integrated Research on Disaster Reduction (IRDR) based in Beijing China.
Regarding ISU, he honours and remembers very well Prof L.B Fletcher as acedemic advisor, and the cold winters and cyclones/tornadoes of Iowa. Best regards. Chamhuri.
MS Ag Economics, 1980
I finished my M.S. in December 1986 and immediately began work for USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). I have been with the agency since and have had the opportunity to advance U.S. agricultural interests abroad with assignments in Cairo, Dubai and Sao Paulo. I am currently working at USDA headquarters in Washington as the Area Director for FAS offices in Africa and the Middle East and look forward to my next tour abroad. If any ISU undergraduate or graduate students have questions about our Summer Intern, International Intern or Career Intern Programs, they are invited to contact me, as I am currently Chair of our agency's Recruitment Committee.
MS Economics, 1986
Hi. I am wrapping up 21 months as the head of the USDA presence in Iraq. We had as many as 40 personnel spread across this country working on Provincial Reconstruction Teams and serving as Ministerial Advisors in my office in Baghdad. It has been a challenging experience, certainly the most demanding of my career with FAS, but we are make contributions in moving Iraqi agriculture forward.
PhD Resource Economics, 1976
I was a teaching and research assistant in the economics department for five years. Dr. John Timmons was my major professor and Dr. Neil Harl was on my PhD committee. I am very proud of my fine education from ISU, and it has served me well in my career as a management consultant for the past 35 years. I really learned how to perform objective quantitative analyses and how to solve complex multidisciplined applied problems. I believe us proud alumni really miss your newsletters. Please carry on in the finest tradition of the department and always remember your heritage. There is a lot to try to live up to! PS -- right now I am on my way to Des Moines, Iowa to attend a hot air balloon convention as a pilot.
PhD Economics, 1978
Eric Graber (PhD 1978) lives in Waltham MA, where he recently completed a 10 month engagement at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies, Brandeis University. He teaches in an online distance education program for the University of Maryland. Eric and Ana Maria ("Charo") dote upon four grandchildren. They have fond memories of ! friends and teachers and happenings in Ames--warmest regards to all.
PhD Economics, 1970
In July 2011, I retired from my position as CEO of Crites Seed, Inc., a pea, garden bean, and sweet corn seed company based in Moscow, Idaho.
PhD Economics, 1971
I got my Ph.D.-degree in Economics and Statistics from ISU in 1971 under George W. Ladd. Since 1984 I have been full professor for Consumer Economics at the Technische Universität München. My main research objectives were and are the positive and normative analysis of consumer behaviour (e.g. nutrition, mobility, investment and financing). On January 1, 2008 I will retire. My successor is different in gender, but similar in her educational background. She got her Ph.D. from ISU (in Economics and Statistics)
Lundeen Roberts, Ardelle
PhD Economics, 1976
I retired in 1996 and then spent a year teaching in Romania. Since then I have been busy with community service and community board work. I do,however, find time to play a lot of bridge.
MS Agricultural Economics, 1970
Since graduating in 1970, I worked for Brenton Banks until 1977 when I moved to Rock Rapids, Iowa and started working for the then Rock Rapids State Bank as president. I'm still the president (and CEO) of Frontier Bank, the successor to Rock Rapids State Bank. My wife Doris and I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
MS Economics, 1967
My name is Kermit Buntrock: I graduated with a B.S. in Econ and Chemistry (double major) in 1965; I received my M.S. in Economics from ISU in 1967 (Dennis Starleaf was a graduate assistant teacher then; of course he was excellent!). I have been working in industry ever since. I went back to school (William and Mary) and received an executive MBA degree in 1994. I am now the owner and CEO of Buntrock Industries, Inc., a company I started in Chicago in 1975; we moved to Virginia in 1988. Our company sells ceramic materials, chemicals and equipment to the precision investment casting industry (web site: www.buntrockindustries.com). Most of our business is in North America, but we also have sales in Europe, South Africa, Australia, and Asia. We own a number of patents relating to binders and ceramic shell technology. I am now 64 but have no near term plans to retire, as I enjoy running the business.
PhD Ag Economics, 1965
My name is Lawrence A. Duewer and I received my PhD from Iowa State in 1965 in Agr. Econ . I worked for ERS, USDA for 35 years in livestock and meat marketing. I retired Dec.31, 1999 to become a "gentleman farmer" in TN. We currently raise sheep, Great Pyrenees dogs, chickens, and geese (all on a small scale). Elaine and I have 3 children and so far 1 grandchild.
PhD Economics, 1969
Robert Kirk, PhD 1969, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, currently adjunct at Butler University, Indianapolis.
Warrack, Allan A
PhD Economics, 1967
Born at Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Professor, Faculty of Business, University of Alberta, 1992 – Emeritus (2002)
Vice-President (Administration), University of Alberta, 1986 - 1991
Associate Dean, Master of Public Management (MPM) Program, Faculty of Business, University of Alberta, 1981 - 1985
Professor, Faculty of Business, University of Alberta, 1981 - 1985
Associate Professor, Rural Economy (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry), and
Economics (Faculty of Arts), University of Alberta, 1967 - 1971; 1979 - 1981
Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), Government of Alberta, 1971-79
Minister of Utilities and Telephones, Government of Alberta, 1975 - 1979
Minister of Lands and Forests, Government of Alberta, 1971 - 1975
Public Utilities Policy
Public Sector Policy Management
National Research Council, and Finance Committee, Government of Canada, Ottawa
MacEwan University, Business Advisory Council; Chair, Academic Advisory Board
GYRO Club of Edmonton, Past President
Canadian Club of Edmonton, President (2010-11)
Sports: Golf, Squash
Mustang Convertibles '65 & '89
Delta Upsilon Fraternity Distinguished Alumnus Medal (2005)
Outstanding Albertan Centennial Medal (2005)
University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award (2009)
PhD Agricultural Economics, 1956
Dave Brown (Ph.D. 1956 under Earl Heady; with the Iowa-Peru project and visiting professor at Ames, 1963-68) has been in Newport RI since 1993, following a career with universities and development programs in Tennessee, Texas, Singapore, Peru, Rome (FAO), Indonesia and Pakistan. In Rhode Island he is active in programs related to local/area planning, urban forestry, environmental cleanup, and resource conservation. He and his wife Jeanne (whom he met in East Hall) observed their 50th anniversary in 2006. They have two children and two grandchildren. Jeanne is a reference librarian and is on boards concerned with youth/family violence, substance abuse prevention, justice reform and child literacy. Her sister is in Ames, so they enjoy seeing friends there from time to time.
Jansma, J. Dean
MS Ag Economics, 1958
Retired after 34 years at Penn State in 1989. Currently Professor Emeritus of Ag Econ and Retired Associate Dean, C Ag Sc. Blended family of 6 children and 6 grand children. Hobbies include genealogy, model trains and amateur radio...State College remains our primary residence with winters in Clearwater Beach, FL.