Lisa Ecker 2017-08-30 01:17:47
Project Engineer, GEA Process Engineering University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Agricultural Engineering Technology, B.S., 2017 Hometown: Wanamingo, Minnesota Enjoys: Travel, dance, sheep ... and chickens! Ilove to find efficiencies. Given a challenge, I instantly think of ways that I can improve a process. There is nothing more rewarding than an innovation or a tweak that saves time and money. In the AET program at UWRF, I found efficiencies for my course of study and customized it to graduate in three years. I carefully selected classes that would benefit me in the food process engineering field. During the summer of 2016, I was an engineering intern at Gold’n Plump Poultry in Arcadia, Wisconsin. This excellent experience led me to a position as the plant process engineer which I was able to work while I finished my last year of college. There is no better way to learn than by having an internship. I liked my major’s classes. With the internship, I applied the coursework principles. It was rewarding to use my knowledge and skills in a real, paid, industry project. And if you want to experience a global perspective on ag, take advantage of travel/study opportunities within a program. I studied abroad in India over J-term (3 weeks in January). This AET-sponsored study trip—visiting three cities in India—focused on Indian agriculture and engineering. That’s me in the picture, halfway around the world, on a banana plantation! India is among the top global producers of many crops—including fruit, wheat, rice, cotton, peanuts, and vegetables. It has one of the world’s largest and fastest growing poultry industries, too—a keen area of interest. Although Indian agriculture may not be as technologically developed as America’s, it was eye-opening to see what Indian farmers accomplish with their limited resources. Other undergrad highlights were also out-of-classroom experiences. I was involved in seven campus clubs and organizations. I learned so much from being on board with diverse organizations. One of the most beneficial was the Falcon Pulling Team for ASABE’s 1/4 Scale Tractor Competition. It’s a blessing to be a female in a somewhat male-dominated field because it’s easier to stand out and have my voice heard. I encourage other women to recognize the potential that we have in ag fields. The sky’s the limit! I want to make a difference in my field. Currently, my future is in the food processing industry, but I’m also drawn to alternative energy. These crucial fields appeal to me because they will both grow in the foreseeable future. I would like to work on the research and development side and improve products and processes. I hope that my future career includes travel, preferably internationally. Travel rounds you out, gives new perspectives, and you are open to new experiences—and new efficiencies! I have three life pillars: integrity, efficiency, and innovation. Living by those ideals, I will be successful in any future professional endeavor. As a kid, I always dreamed of not having to work. I think it’s an achievable dream. If I love what I do, I’ll never have to work a day in my life!
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