Job title: Senior Research Scientist
Education: Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.S., Information Systems, Georgia State University; B.B.A., Computer Information Systems, Georgia State University
Areas of research expertise: Air Quality, Poultry Systems, Modeling
List of any poultry industry projects you’re working on and your role: Currently, I work on several poultry projects: I am the Principal Investigator (PI) for “On-Farm Harvesting, Stunning, Slaughtering, Loading, and Unloading” project, which is evaluating the suitability and economic feasibility of using new technologies for on-farm bird harvesting and related tasks.
I am the Co-PI on the “Poultry System Simulation Model” project where we are generating a systems-based model of water usage in a typical poultry processing plant with the goal of defining areas to potentially improve water quality or reduce water use.
I also work on the “Correlations with Broiler Processing Characteristics and Genetic Traits” project as an experiment designer and statistics lead. The project is exploring the weight and physical measures of different genetic species of broilers in an effort to determine the most efficient processing machinery.
What I find most rewarding about working on poultry industry projects: Being able to transform and shape the way that the poultry industry will look in the future
A talent I wish I had: I wish I had many talents that I do not possess, but if I have to list one, it would be the talent of a great writer.
Another occupation I’d like to try: Race car driver
My first job: Landscaper
One thing people may not know about me: I used to be able to solve a Rubik’s Cube in 50 seconds.
My day would not be complete without: Each day is different, one day it may not be complete without hugging and kissing my wife and daughter, the other without reading something new, etc.
The last book I read: Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon
My motto: “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”
My hobbies: Collecting license plates and playing golf