STB Students and Alumni

See what our students have to say about the online Seed Technology and Business Master of Science degree and certificate programs:

Kori Sakahashi

STB Alumnus

Kori Sakahashi

Ankeny, IA
Production Lead – Syngenta

Accomplishing Goals

Upon completing his Seed Technology & Business master’s degree at Iowa State University, Kori explains that gaining the knowledge and a…

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Craig Hamm

STB Alumnus

Craig Hamm

Beaumont, Texas
District Sales Manager – RiceTec Inc.

Developing Sales Strategies

Craig Hamm, is the District Sales Manager for RiceTec Inc, which is based out of Alvin, Texas. His sales district encompasses the Southeast Texas,…

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Josh Prow

STB Alumnus

Josh Prow

Phillips, Nebraska
Plant Operations Manager – Syngenta

Improving Seed Production Efficiency

Josh has worked for Syngenta for the past six years and is currently the Plant Operations Manager in Phillips, Nebraska. For his final creative component,…

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Enock Maereka

STB Alumnus

Enock Maereka

Zimbabwe, Africa
Independent Consultant in Agriculture

Addressing Global Challenges

Our rapidly changing world demands that online learning programs work to increase globalization in the classroom. This is especially true for online agriculture…

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Tyler Tunning

STB Graduate Student

Tyler Tunning

Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University Seed Testing Laboratory

Advance Your Career

An Iowa State University Seed Science Center staff member and graduate student has achieved what no other current employee has: accreditation as a Registered Genetic Technologist (RGT). Tyler Tunning…

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Jaime Saavedra

STB Alumnus

Jaime Saavedra

Rancagua, Chile
Bayer – Crop Science

A Global Perspective

Jaime Saavedra is a perfect example of why an online graduate program is critical to training the next generation of seed leaders. Located in Chile, Jaime was able to study at a distance…

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Starla Chauvin

STB Alumna

Starla Chauvin

Germany

An International Adventure

Starla Chauvin has always been drawn to the beauty and science of agriculture.  As a student in the Graduate program in Seed Technology and Business, Starla…

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Shannon Straka

STB Graduate Student

Shannon Straka

Livingston, WI
Biddick, Inc.

From Teacher to Seed Leader

From growing up detasseling, then teaching middle/high school science, to returning to the world of agriculture as Database Administer and Quality Manager at Biddick, Inc,…

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Kristi Bruner

STB Alumna

Kristi Bruner

Boscobel, WI
Biddick, Inc.

A Program That Fits A Busy Schedule

Our online graduate students enroll in the program for all kinds of reasons. Here is what we found out from Seed Science and Technology graduate certificate alumni, Kristi Bruner, about why…

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Andrew Penney

STB Alumnus

Andrew Penney

Ames, Iowa
Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
PhD Program, Iowa State University

Continuing the Adventure

Andrew Penney grew up listening to his Dad talk about the seed business. Though he did not originally see himself working in the industry, Andrew credits his father for sparking his interest in the field of agriculture.

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Cristobal Gonzalez

STB Alumnus

Cristobal Gonzalez

Jewell, Iowa
Field Production Manager – Monsanto

A Dream Come True

Tell us your story into the world of agriculture. Why did you choose this career path?
I grew up in my country’s capital, Santiago (Chile). The population is about 6.5 M people. My desire to leave the busy city in search of a healthier style of living led me to the world of agriculture. I am totally satisfied doing…

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Dustin Brucker

STB Alumnus

Dustin Brucker

Ankeny, Iowa
Breeding Research Associate, Monsanto Company

What is your current position, title, company? 
Breeding Research Associate, Monsanto Company

Do you think this program helped you move forward professionally?
I think the program gave me a broad range of tools to further expand my knowledge base in the seed industry…

Uyen Cao Chu

STB Alumna

Uyen Cao Chu

Urbandale, Iowa
DuPont Pioneer- Research Associate

Tell us about your experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program.
I just started the program, and so far, I am enjoying what I’ve been learning. Online learning is a challenge for me but it is very interesting and relevant to my job…

Emily Tobin

STB Alumna

Emily Tobin

Pasco, Washington
Agronomist, Emerging Leader Program- DuPont Pioneer

Tell us your story into the world of agriculture. Why did you choose this career path?
I grew up in a small farming town in Eastern Washington, the desert side of the Evergreen State. I live in the Columbia Basin, a fully irrigated area at the fork of 3 major rivers. We grow a variety of crops but the big ones include: potatoes, onions, hay…

Elly Williams

STB Alumna

Elly Williams

Waimea, Hawaii
Research Associate at DuPont Pioneer

Tell us your story into the world of agriculture. Why did you choose this career path?
I grew up on the southwest side of the island of Kauai, Hawaii. There were sugarcane fields as far as the eye could see. My grandfather immigrated to Hawaii as a young teenager to work for McBryde Sugar Plantation, so agriculture is in my blood. As an adult…

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Whitney Wolfe

STB Alumna

Whitney Wolfe

Bloomington, IL
Supply Chain Coordinator at DuPont Pioneer

What is your current position, title, company?
I am Supply Chain Coordinator for DuPont Pioneer’s Heartland Business Unit.  In my role, I assist in communicating and implementing supply chain initiatives to ensure that our growers have the best products for their acre…

Kent Klingbeil

STB Alumnus

Kent Klingbeil

Huxley, IA
Precision Ag Director at Farmer’s Cooperative Company

Tell us about your experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program.
The online program has allowed me to continue working and gives me the flexibility to work on the classes when time allows, or work ahead if I need too…

Karen Nickols

STB Alumna

Woodland, California
Quality Specialist, Monsanto

Tell us about your experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program.
I have found that online studying in the STB program has fit well in my professional and personal life. The information I’ve learned so far has been very relevant to my job and the pace is fast enough to keep me challenged, but slow enough that I’m not…

JoJo Martinac

STB Alumna

Ankeny, IA
Team Leader in Corn Transformation at DuPont Pioneer

What is your current position, title, company?
Team Leader in Corn Transformation at DuPont Pioneer

Do you think this program helped you move forward professionally? Yes, I believed the program helped me move forward professionally more quickly than…

Dustin Mattson

STB Alumnus

Carroll, IA
Dow AgroSciences

Q. Tell us about your experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program.
The STB program has proven to be a great learning experience.  Since the course is tailored to the seed industry and presented online, it creates an opportunity to bring many individuals together from all parts of the globe and gives everyone the chance to share…

Joshua Parsons

STB Alumnus

Cumming, Iowa
DuPont Pioneer

Q. Tell us about your experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program. This has been a very good experience for me so far. The flexibility of taking the classes online allows me to listen to lecture whenever it is convenient for me. I can eat lunch and do lecture at work or when I get home from work that evening while I’m relaxing…

Erin Anderson

STB Alumnus

Ankeny, Iowa
DuPont Pioneer

Q. Tell us about your experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program. So far, my experience as an online learner within the Seed Technology and Business program has been a great one. The classes have been relevant to the work I do every day, and I am learning a great deal about the seed industry from teachers who have seed industry experience…