KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Temple Grandin, PhD

Professor of Animal Science

Colorado State University

Dr. Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University where she currently teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design, and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare. The curved chute and race systems she has designed for cattle are used worldwide and her writings on the flight zone and other principles of grazing animal behavior have helped many people to reduce stress on their animals during handling.  Dr. Grandin has appeared on numerous television shows and has been featured in several popular magazines. In 2010, Time Magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people.  In 2016 she received the Meritorious award from the OIE World Organization for Animal Health in Paris, France for her work on developing animal welfare guidelines.  This same year she was also inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Tom Vilsack

CEO and President of the U.S. Dairy Export Council

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Strategic Adviser of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center

As president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC), Tom Vilsack provides strategic leadership and oversight of USDEC’s global promotional and research activities, regulatory affairs and trade policy initiatives. This includes working with industry leaders to develop a long-term vision for growth and consumer trust in U.S. dairy.  Vilsack joined USDEC in January 2017 after serving eight years as the Nation’s 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack worked hard to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. In 2017, Tom also joined Denver Water and the Colorado State University System as a Strategic Adviser of Food & Water Initiatives at the National Western Center and as Global Chair for the International Board of Counselors on Food & Water Initiatives where he is responsible for forming and chairing the Board of Counselors to advise CSU, Denver Water, and the National Western Stock Show on priorities around the interface of food, water, energy, the environment, and human health.

Nicholas Clinton, PhD

Developer Advocate

Google Earth Engine

Nick Clinton is on the Earth Engine developer relations team. He received a bachelors, masters and PhD from the department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. From 2008-2011, Nick worked in the Airborne Sensor Facility of NASA Ames Research Center, producing science quality calibrated imagery and supporting sensor maintenance for thermal, multispectral and hyperspectral imagers. From 2012-2015, he was on the faculty of the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University, in Beijing, China. He joined Google in 2015.