College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
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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 Adalja Assistant Professor, Cornell University
Andrew Breudevold-Newman Development Economist, American Institute for Research
Jen He Senior Consultant, Quantitative Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Ziyan Yang Assistant Professor, Xiamen University
2016
Elina Tselepidakis Research Agricultural Economist, US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Romina Ordonez Inter American Development Bank
Mark Miller Data Scientist, JP Morgan Chase
Jaclyn Evans Senior Economist, Government Accountability Office
Davide Cerruti ETH-CEPE, Zurich, Switzerland
Monica Saavoss Research Agricultural Economist, USDA-ERS
Patrick Fleming Assistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College
Shirley Pon Quantitative Analyst, NMR group Inc
2015
Rubaba Ali Economist, Fannie Mae
Jeffrey Ferris Economist, EcoNorthwest
Kota Minegishi Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN
Anand Murugesan Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest
Ian Page Assistant Clinical Professor, First-Year Innovation & Research Experience (The FIRE Center), University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Ashwini Sebastien Research Economist, UN FAO - Agricultural Economics Division, Rome, Italy
Michael Taylor Research Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Magda Tsaneva Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Clark University, Worcester, MA
Dan Werner Economist, OnPoint Analytics, Emeryville, CA
Casey Wichman Fellow, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C.
Po Yin Wong Post-doctoral Assistant Professor, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen, Norway
2014
Dana C. Andersen Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
Sarah Ball Natural Resource Economist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD
Pinar M. Gunes Instructor, University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada
Kanishka Kacker World Bank, Washington DC
Eduardo Nakasone Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Sean Sylvia Assistant Professor, Renmin University, Beijing, China
Shinsuke Uchida Assistant Professor, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan
Seth Wechsler Research Economist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington DC
Sang Won Yoon Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
2013
Takahiko Kiso Assistant Professor, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
Kabir Malik Young Professionals Program, World Bank, Washington DC
Trang Tran Young Professionals Program, World Bank, Washington DC
Ariel Ortiz Bobea Fellow, Resources for the Future (RFF), Washington DC
Elisabeth Newcomb Sinha U.S. Food and Drug Administration, White Oak Campus
Claudia Hitaj Research Economist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington DC
2012
Dimitrios Reppas Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK
Geret DePiper Industry Economist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, MA
Michele Baggio Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT
William Gans Consultant, NERA Economic Consulting, Washington, DC
Shinsuke Uchida Assistant Professor, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan
Asif Islam Consultant, World Bank, Washington DC
Fanqing Ye Economic Modeling Senior, Freddie Mac, Washington DC
2011
David Herberich Director, Pricing & Strategy , Sears Holdings Corporation, Chicago IL
Sonia Liu Jarvis Economist, National Oceanic and Atmonspheric Administration
Jia Li Economist, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington DC
Michelle Michalek Brock Research Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London UK 
Kathryn Vasilaky Postdoctoral Fellow, Earth Institute, Columbia University, NY, NY
Dennis Guignet Research Economist, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Washington DC
Stephen Kasperski Economist, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA
Juan Feng Consultant, World Bank, Washington DC
Jeff Flory Assistant Professor, Claremont McKenna College, Claremont CA
2010
Nataniel Higgins Economist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington DC
Niti Bhutani Assistant Professor, Delhi University, Dehli, India
Anmol Ratan Lecturer, Monash University, Caulfield, Australia
Jorge Gabriel Holzer Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
2009
Sarah Adelman Assistant Professor, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Ravissa Suchato Lecturer, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand
Yabei Zhang Young Professionals Program, World Bank, Washington DC
Andrew Stocking Market Design Economist, Congressional Budget Office, Washington DC
Chad Lawley Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba, Winipeg, Canada
Shannon Wilson Economist, World Bank, Washington DC
Lucija Muehlenbachs Fellow, Resources for the Future (RFF), Washington DC
2008
Roger Claassen Senior Agricultural Economist, USDA Economic Research Service, Washington DC
Mohammed Helal Uddin Assistant Professor, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Xiangping Liu Post Doc Research Associate, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Paramita Sinha RTI International, Research Triangle, NC
Marcella Veronesi Lecturer, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Lopamudra Chakraborti Post Doc, Tulane University
Beat Hintermann Assistant Professor, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Timothy Fitzgerald Assistant Professor, Montana State University, Bozeman MT
2007
Constant Tra Assistant Professor, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, NV
Heather Klemick US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Washington DC
Nancy Bergeron Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada
Ekaterina Krivonos Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribbean, Santiago, Chile
Hernan Gonzalez United Nations Development Programme, Santiago, Chile
Shaikh Mahfuz Rahman Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock TX
Oscar Melo Assistant Professor, Ponticia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago Chile
Charles Towe Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park MD
2006
Angelo Zago Associate Professor , University of Verona, Verona, Italy
Jonathan Alevy Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno NV
Irina Klytchnikova Young Professionals Program, World Bank, Washington DC
Gregmar Galinato Assistant Professor, Washignton  State University, Pullman WA
Valeria Pineiro Economist, Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute
Soma Bhattacharya Consultant, World Bank, Washington DC
Jyotsna Puri United Nations, New York
Oscar Cristi Assistant 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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