Brunno Cerozi José Bonifácio, Sao Paulo, Brazil / 28 Soil, Water and Environmental Science PhD, 2016 University of Arizona Animal Science and Pastures MS, 2012 Agriculture Engineering BS, 2008 University of Sao Paulo I am from Brazil, a world leader in agriculture—a multibillion dollar industry with many job opportunities. I spent my childhood days on my grandfather’s bountiful farm, and my father and I went fishing every weekend. My pastoral country and family influenced my pursuit of ag engineering and now, aquaponics at UA. Ag engineering feeds a hungry world, and what can be more important than that? As an international student, I encourage studying abroad. It opens the mind and doors to learning and future careers. Exposure to different cultures, languages, and opinions brings academic as well as personal development. I received scholarships from both my country and UA, the latter competitively awarded based on commitment to interdisciplinary research and communication. I will go back to Brazil eventually, grateful for what my days in the U.S. have taught me, and hopeful that my research will be applied to more sustainable food production systems around the globe. I am a hobby magician and have traveled several times to Las Vegas—the magic capital of the world—to perform on the streets. After flashing my cards, people ask, “How did you do that?” I believe that ag engineering is like the joker in a deck. The joker can substitute for any card—just like an ag engineer can do so many things! An ag engineer’s knowledge is broad, and his or her career options are tremendous.
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