Tim Rendall 2017-08-30 01:18:57
Project Manager, Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Agricultural Technology Management, B.S., 2013, M.S., 2015 Hometown: Bartlett, Illinois Enjoys: Hiking, running, travel, and sports My degree in Agricultural Technology Management allows me to work at the nexus of food, water, and energy. My passion is working toward a sustainable future, but an ATM degree can prepare you for a variety of interesting careers. You have to draw the right pieces together for that dream job, work hard, and gain experience. My advice? Become an undergraduate research assistant, actively pursue internships, and if you can, travel! In 2014, while working on my master’s degree, I went to Sierra Leone for a research project. The goal was to develop a low-cost jab planter for smallholder farmers. That trip was instrumental in guiding my career path. After that experience, I knew I wanted to work in international development. I’m extremely proud of my current job as project manager for the Appropriate Scale Mechanization Consortium (ASMC) at the University of Illinois. Hunger and poverty affect a large portion of the world’s population, and I’m proud to work toward eradicating those problems. The ASMC creates and implements research and development projects to improve mechanization in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, and Ethiopia. As project manager, I monitor the project progress daily and ensure that we’re on schedule. This includes being an active problem solver and providing leadership in various capacities to everyone who works on the project. This has required me to learn strategies of effective leadership and how to create a positive team dynamic to meet our goals. I was looking for a job, but this job found me! A professor of agricultural and biological engineering was awarded a large research grant just as I was finishing my master’s degree and searching for employment. A member of my thesis committee knew of this new opportunity and encouraged me to apply. Every day brings new challenges, and it’s easy to stay motivated. It’s especially rewarding to see the benefits of our work for smallholder farmers. One of the Grand Challenges of the future will be providing food security for the growing global population. I’m excited to be able to work toward solutions to end world hunger. While I had some experience in international development during college, it was limited to that one summer research project. Once I started working full-time in this field, I learned about the immense number of groups and agencies that are working for the greater good. I’ve been able to collaborate with researchers and travel all over the world—and I’ve learned to think globally!
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