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Faculty Awards & Honors

Employment Placement of Recent Graduates

Students receiving recent graduate degrees from the Department have found employment in choice academic positions and the best international organizations.

2017
Aaron AdaljaAssistant Professor, Cornell University
Andrew Breudevold-NewmanDevelopment Economist, American Institute for Research
Jen HeSenior Consultant, Quantitative Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Daniel C. VoicaAssistant Professor, Massey University
Ziyan YangAssistant Professor, Xiamen University
2016
Elina TselepidakisResearch Agricultural Economist, US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Romina OrdonezInter American Development Bank
Mark MillerData Scientist, JP Morgan Chase
Jaclyn EvansSenior Economist, Government Accountability Office
Davide CerrutiETH-CEPE, Zurich, Switzerland
Monica SaavossResearch Agricultural Economist, USDA-ERS
Patrick FlemingAssistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College
Shirley PonQuantitative Analyst, NMR group Inc
2015
Rubaba AliEconomist, Fannie Mae
Jeffrey FerrisEconomist, EcoNorthwest
Kota MinegishiAssistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN
Anand MurugesanAssistant Professor of Economics, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest
Ian PageAssistant Clinical Professor, First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (The FIRE Center), University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Ashwini SebastienResearch Economist, UN FAO - Agricultural Economics Division, Rome, Italy
Michael TaylorResearch Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Magda TsanevaAssistant Professor, Department of Economics, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Dan WernerEconomist, OnPoint Analytics, Emeryville, CA
Casey WichmanFellow, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.
Po Yin WongPost-doctoral Assistant Professor, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway
2014
Dana C. AndersenAssistant Professor, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
Sarah BallNatural Resource Economist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD
Pinar M. GunesInstructor, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
Kanishka KackerWorld Bank, Washington DC
Eduardo NakasoneAssistant Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Sean SylviaAssistant Professor, Renmin University, Beijing, China
Shinsuke UchidaAssistant Professor, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan
Seth WechslerResearch Economist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington DC
Sang Won YoonAssistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
2013
Takahiko KisoAssistant Professor, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
Kabir MalikYoung Professionals Program, World Bank, Washington DC
Trang TranYoung Professionals Program, World Bank, Washington DC
Ariel Ortiz BobeaFellow, Resources for the Future (RFF), Washington DC
Elisabeth Newcomb SinhaU.S. Food and Drug Administration, White Oak Campus
Claudia HitajResearch Economist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington DC
2012
Dimitrios ReppasLecturer, University of Manchester, UK
Geret DePiperIndustry Economist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, MA
Michele BaggioAssistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT
William GansConsultant, NERA Economic Consulting, Washington, DC
Shinsuke UchidaAssistant Professor, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan
Asif IslamConsultant, World Bank, Washington DC
Fanqing YeEconomic Modeling Senior, Freddie Mac, Washington DC
2011
David HerberichDirector, Pricing & Strategy , Sears Holdings Corporation, Chicago IL
Sonia Liu JarvisEconomist, National Oceanic and Atmonspheric Administration
Jia LiEconomist, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington DC
Michelle Michalek BrockResearch Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London UK 
Kathryn VasilakyPostdoctoral Fellow, Earth Institute, Columbia University, NY, NY
Dennis GuignetResearch Economist, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Washington DC
Stephen KasperskiEconomist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA
Juan FengConsultant, World Bank, Washington DC
Jeff FloryAssistant Professor, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont CA
2010
Nataniel HigginsEconomist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington DC
Niti BhutaniAssistant Professor, Delhi University, Dehli, India
Anmol RatanLecturer, Monash University, Caulfield, Australia
Jorge Gabriel HolzerAssistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2009
Sarah AdelmanAssistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Ravissa SuchatoLecturer, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Yabei ZhangYoung Professionals Program, World Bank, Washington DC
Andrew StockingMarket Design Economist, Congressional Budget Office, Washington DC
Chad LawleyAssistant Professor, University of Manitoba, Winipeg, Canada
Shannon WilsonEconomist, World Bank, Washington DC
Lucija MuehlenbachsFellow, Resources for the Future (RFF), Washington DC
2008
Roger ClaassenSenior Agricultural Economist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington DC
Mohammed Helal UddinAssistant Professor, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Xiangping LiuPost Doc Research Associate, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Paramita SinhaRTI International, Research Triangle, NC
Marcella VeronesiLecturer, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Lopamudra ChakrabortiPost Doc, Tulane University
Beat HintermannAssistant Professor, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Timothy FitzgeraldAssistant Professor, Montana State University, Bozeman MT
2007
Constant TraAssistant Professor, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, NV
Heather KlemickUS Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Washington DC
Nancy BergeronPolicy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
Ekaterina KrivonosEconomic Commission for Latin America and the Carribbean, Santiago, Chile
Hernan GonzalezUnited Nations Development Programme, Santiago, Chile
Shaikh Mahfuz RahmanAssistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX
Oscar MeloAssistant Professor, Ponticia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago Chile
Charles ToweAssistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park MD
2006
Angelo ZagoAssociate Professor , University of Verona, Verona, Italy
Jonathan AlevyAssistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno NV
Irina KlytchnikovaYoung Professionals Program, World Bank, Washington DC
Gregmar GalinatoAssistant Professor, Washignton  State University, Pullman WA
Valeria PineiroEconomist, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute
Soma BhattacharyaConsultant, World Bank, Washington DC
Jyotsna PuriUnited Nations, New York
Oscar CristiAssistant Professor, Universidad del Desarrolla, Santiago, Chile

Quality of the Educational Experience

The Department strives to offer the highest quality educational experience in agricultural & resource economics.

  • A major emphasis is on engaging students in publishable research starting in their first year.
    The Department offers annual awards for graduate student performance:
    1. The Rhona Lantin Award for the best paper written by a first-year graduate student.
    2. The Bessie H. Duvault Award for the best paper written by a second-year graduate student.
    3. The Billy V. and Mary Lessley Award for the best dissertation.
    These awards are accompanied by a substantial cash reward. They encourage students to think about writing publishable research papers, the bread-and-butter of future careers, starting on the very first day of graduate school.
  • Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Outstanding PhD Dissertation Awards won by students
    Casey Wichman 2016
    Beat Hinterman Honorable mention 2010
    Constant Tra 2008
    Ricardo Smith-Ramirez 2006
    Dan Gilligan Honorable mention 2005
    Timothy Haab 1996
    Madhur Gautam Honorable mention 1994
    Rodney Smith 1993
    Douglas Larson 1989

Proximity to Major Government Agencies & Related Organizations

The Department offers close proximity to an incomparable array of government agencies, international institutions, and non-governmental organizations devoted to environmental issues, agricultural policy, natural resource management, and international development. Opportunities for attending stimulating seminars abound. Many students find useful work experience, access to data, and cutting-edge thesis topics as well as future employment through these organizations.

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is located only 9.7 miles away.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is located only 10.6 miles away.
  • The U.S. Economic Research Service (ERS) is located only 9.4 miles away.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is located only 1.5 miles away.
  • Resources for the Future (RFF) is located only 9.0 miles away.
  • The Joint Institute for Food Science and Nutrition (JIFSAN) is located on the University of Maryland campus.
  • The Joint Global Change Research Institute (JGCRI) is located adjacent to the University of Maryland campus.
  • The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education is located on the University of Maryland campus.
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is located only 9.9 miles away.
  • The World Bank is located only 10.0 miles away.
  • The Inter-American Development Bank is located only 9.8 miles away.
  • The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) is located only 9.8 miles away.
  • The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) with its National Agricultural Library is located only 3.1 miles away.
  • The U.S. Capitol, Senate, and House of Representatives, which enacts all federal law, is enacted is located only 9.5 miles away.
  • The National Socio-Environmental Sythesis Center (SESYNC) is located only 28 miles away in Annapolis, Md.
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