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NDSU Alumna Shares Her Spark with Students and Faculty

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North Dakota native and NDSU graduate, Magan Lewis, equipment and automated field sensing lead from Bayer Crop Science, spoke to students, faculty and staff on October 14. Magan shared her experiences and inspired attendees with her unique leadership approach.

“I encourage my teams to not focus on failures, but embrace the unexpected results and focus on the lessons learned,” said Lewis, who earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Plant Sciences in 2012. “This mindset shift I gained from NDSU has made me more adaptable and open to new adventures.”

Following her presentation, Lewis signed copies of the Seed World magazine where she was recognized as one of the Top 10 Next Generation leaders. Lewis was also named Des Moines Business Record’s Forty under 40.

Lewis also serves as a 4-H adult volunteer leader in Iowa. She says her passion is helping individuals ignite their spark!

“Though leadership, mentoring and coaching at my local 4-H Clover Kids Chapter, I strive to help everyone activate the best version of themselves,” said Lewis. “Our children are our future leaders and problem solvers and the sooner we light their flame, the better our world will be. If that flame is STEM…BONUS!”

Lewis also sponsors the Dr. Magan Lewis’ scholarship which is awarded to a female graduate student. Magan strives to help others to be the best version of themselves through leadership, mentorship and coaching. Sponsoring a scholarship is one way she can encourage others in the STEM field.

“Magan is an example of the caliber of students that we have at NDSU,” says David Buchanan, associate dean for academic programs, CAFSNR. “NDSU graduates are using their quality hands-on learning to address real world challenges, and many, like Magan, also generously give back to their alma mater.”

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Magan Lewis Presentation