Alicia Rosburg

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Hometown: Iowa

Current employment/job title: University of Northern Iowa, Assistant Professor of Economics

The appeal to solving real world problems

As a freshman undergrad, Alicia Rosburg knew that she liked math and had an aptitude for it - but she couldn’t envision how she would apply it to a career. A "lightbulb" suddenly went off for her when she took Econ 101, and Alicia says she was "affected by the chance to use math to solve real-world problems."

Zhixia Ma

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Zhixia (Summer) Ma

Other Degrees
M.A. Economics, Duke University, North Carolina 2011
B. E. Building Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 2009

Current employment:  Agriculture Bank of China

Zhixia Ma has always been good with numbers. As early as primary school in her hometown of Beijing, she knew she wanted to pursue a career that involved math or physical sciences.

Kevin Meyer

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Kevin Meyer

B.S. Economics, University of Alaska, Anchorage 2006
M.S. Economics, Central Michigan University 2010
Ph.D. Economics, Iowa State University 2017

Co-major Professors: Catherine Kling and David Keiser

Garrett Ley

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Garrett Ley
Major in agricultural business

Current employment: Entrepreneur

Garrett Ley began G Pop's Popcorn in May 2014. He has a 20 credit course load, and runs his business out of Alleman, Iowa. 

As he looks to expand his business, Ley has also had to refigure his priorities. He intends to graduate a year early and dedicate himself more fully to G Pop’s.

Onalie Ariyabandhu

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Current employment/job title: United Nations Population Fund, Sri Lanka/Social Change Campaign Assistant

Other Majors: International Studies, and Environmental Studies

How did you come to work at your current position?

Sam Summers

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Hometown: Johnston, IA

Current employment: Business owner

Summers started his first music promotion company, First Fleet Concerts, while still a student at ISU. Among other venues, he promoted several music shows at the Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, later partnering with owner Amedeo Rossi to produce the Nitefall on the River concert series. The inaugural Hinterland Music Festival, in 2015, is his latest musical brainchild.

Benjamin Zelle

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Hometown: Waverly, IA

Current employment/job title: John Deere, Waterloo, IA, Marketing Representative

Describe your position with John Deere. The Marketing Rep Development Program (MRDP) is an 18 month rotational development program that allows for exposure to a broad scope of John Deere’s business. My position is on the Customer Product Support path focused around jobs that provide support for the end-user whether directly or indirectly, and it has a focus on development of employees for future positions.

Mason Nicklos

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Hometown: Ogden, IA

Current employment/job title: Farmers Cooperative Company, Bondurant, IA/Field Sales Agronomist 

Describe your position with FC Co-op: My job as a field sales agronomist is to provide agronomic advice and products to growers, while continually trying to expand my territory. Other duties of a field sales agronomist include budgeting, sales, and customer service.

Melissa Abrahamson

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Current employment/job title: MaxYield Cooperative, Lakota, IA, Client Care Representative

What do you like most about working for MaxYield?


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