CABLE Student Delegate Spotlight: Tannon Daugaard

March 21, 2018

"When I first heard about CABLE I was immediately intrigued by the opportunity to develop professionally through a program specifically geared for the field of research (biorenewables) that I would like to continue my career in." Tannon Daugaard is the CABLE Student Delegate from Iowa State University and feels he has already gained a great deal from the program. Find out what his career aspirations are and how he stays focused when his playful boxer pup, Nala, wants his attention.

Q: What university are you attending and what are you studying?

Tannon: I am currently attending Iowa State University where I am studying for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a co-major in Biorenewable Resources and Technology and a minor in Chemical Engineering.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I have a playful 1.5 year old boxer pup, named Nala, that seeks my attention in my free time. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, catching up on the latest movie or documentary and researching future opportunities. I am also passionate and enjoy anything sports related, whether it is playing or spectating. Go Cyclones!

What attracted you to CABLE and what do you hope to gain from your experience?

When I first heard about CABLE I was immediately intrigued by the opportunity to develop professionally through a program specifically geared for the field of research (biorenewables) that I would like to continue my career in. I have already gained a great deal from my CABLE experience thus far, but I hope to continue to grow as a leader and make more great connections within the Bioeconomy.

What are your career aspirations?

I thoroughly enjoy both teaching and biorenewable research. I would like to keep that “biorenewable” flame burning whether it be in industry, academia or whatever opportunities present themselves. Ultimately, I think I would like to end up in academia as a professor with a research program centered around biorenewable resources and conversion.

How will CABLE help you in achieving your professional goals?

CABLE has done a great job at helping me recognize and build leadership traits and habits. It has also provided me with a network of contacts both within the CABLE universities and the attendees from the ABLC Next conference. I believe these connections will continue to be valuable throughout my career.

What Working Group are you in and how do you see that connecting to your goals?

I am a part of the Career Pathways Working Group. It has been a valuable experience to be a part of this group as it happens to align with my search for post-graduate opportunities. I have been able to learn about what the bioeconomy industry desires in employees and what other universities do to prepare their students for potential bioeconomy careers. I hope to use this knowledge not only to mentor future students but also to potentially incorporate or help develop similar pathways at other academic institutions.