Young Alum of the Month: Janie Cornelius

Name: 
Janie (Imming) Cornelius
Title and Company: 
Technology Lead, Cornelius Seed
Hometown: 
Bellevue, IA
Major and Graduation Date: 
B.S., Agricultural Studies with a Minor in Agronomy, May 2011
Major Job/Position Responsibilities: 

I started with the family business in March, 2014 and as the Technology Lead, my position goal has been to develop a precision program offering for our customers.  It has been a fun experience researching the different programs that are currently available in this Big Data era. 

What you like most about your job/position: 

What I like most about my position is the challenge of staying current with the ever-changing technology in agriculture and making the best options available to our customers.  It is exciting to see how agriculture is leading the way in utilizing technology and precision to make farming more profitable.  Helping the grower see value in his or her data and using that to make better informed decisions is the highlight of my position.  I’m also very proud to be a part of my husband’s family business and knowing that each day I go to work, I am working towards continuing a strong family legacy that is starting its 80th year of business.

What advice would you give to current students: 

The best advice I can give to current students pursuing a career in Agriculture and Life Sciences, is to work hard towards getting all of the experience you can during your years at Iowa State.  The College of Ag and Life Sciences has the best Career Services department that supports you in every way possible to find the best internships and career paths.  Be prepared for all of the career fairs and find the internships that will give you the experience you need in finding your career after college.  Having been to the career fairs as a student and now as an employer, it is awesome seeing how prepared ISU students are when pursuing their futures!

Your college years can be stressful but remember to have fun as well, because it’s over before you know it!  I highly recommend taking the time to study abroad whether during a holiday break or for an entire semester, you will be amazed what you can learn from others halfway around the world.

Favorite ISU Class
AG450 Farm