Jordan Nehls

Midwest Jordan Nehls 2020 

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Advisor: Dr. Jeff Sindelar 

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Why do you want to be on the AMSA Student Membership Board of Directors and what qualifications make you the best candidate for the position?

I would be a great fit for the board because of my student organization involvement, leadership experience, college education, and dedication to professional development. I was actively involved in the
pre-professional organization, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), as a
member and Public Relations Officer during my undergrad. I was able to develop my leadership skills as
the Public Relations Officer and gain valuable insight to the food industry as a member. I graduated from
UW-Madison in 2017 with a bachelor’s in Food Engineering and am currently pursuing a master’s in Meat
Science. After graduating with a bachelor’s, I worked for Cargill’s cooked meats plant in two different roles within the FSQR department, where I was able to further improve upon my leadership skills. I’m dedicated to professional development. I’ve participated in several short courses, trainings, and certification classes outside of college and work.

I want to be on the Student Membership Board of Directors to build relationships with fellow students,
help discover or develop their interests, and assist in finding opportunities to pursue them. I believe active
involvement in associations can be critical to a student’s academic and professional careers. My career
path was shaped because of ASABE. Through the organization, I was able to build friendships that still exist today, discover my interest in meat science, and land a job with Cargill after graduation. I hope to provide the student members with the same opportunities I was given and help them discover their passion.

What does your AMSA membership mean to you?

As ASMA membership is invaluable. It’s a way to stay connected and up to date with the meat industry by interacting with experts in academia, industry, and government. It allows members the opportunity to 
attend professional developmental events, such as the Tyson Beyond Fresh Meats short course I attended this year. I left the short course with a new wealth of knowledge about meat processing that will aid me in becoming a great meat scientist. Because of the membership, I’m able to get to know my peers by networking at AMSA events and, hopefully, by being on the Student Membership Board of Directors. 
Finally, it gives access to the peer-reviewed Meat and Muscle Biology journal. It’s growing list of scientific articles will help in my meat science education and graduate research.


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