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Mark Jirik

Director

As NCI Director, some of Jirik’s responsibilities include:

  • Provide administrative leadership for Institute’s fiscal, personnel, and program efforts

  • Secure state and private funding

  • Lead public relations efforts with regional, national and international partners

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Brian Sorenson

PROGRAM MANAGER

As Program Manager, some of Sorenson’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate short courses for international and domestic participants

  • Serve as a liaison for agricultural organizations and commodity groups

  • Specializes in areas of wheat and barley

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Jena Bjertness

PROGRAM MANAGER

As Program Manager, some of Bjertness’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinate short courses for international and domestic participants

  • Serve as a liaison for agricultural organizations and commodity groups

  • Specializes in areas of soy and pulses

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Grant Christian

Communications & marketing manager

As the Communication & Marketing Manager, some of Christian’s responsibilities include:

  • Design and manage marketing and communication materials

  • Lead, develop and assist carrying out comprehensive marketing plans to ensure course participation and success

  • Collaborate with media and agricultural organizations

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Janel Brooks

Account technician

As Account Technician, some of Brooks’ responsibilities include:

  • Accountant for Northern Crops Institute

  • Maintains NCI Budget records, Financial Statements and Projections

  • Keeps track of special funds, Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivables.

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Lynn Stadum

Administrative Assistant

As the Administrative Assistant, some of Stadum’s responsibilities include:

  • Provide administrative support to Director and Northern Crops Council

  • Coordinate and supervise student and grad student employees

  • Prepare and coordinate new hire personnel related documents

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Kim Koch, Ph.D.

Feed production center manager

As Feed Production Center Manager, some of Koch’s responsibilities include:

  • Directs the operation of the NCI Feed Production Center and oversees the production of livestock feeds used by North Dakota State University, North Dakota Experiment Stations and other land grant institutions in the four state region.

  • Assists US Grains Council and the American Soybean Association with international outreach programming and technical assistance.

  • Provides undergraduate and graduate level training in Feed Manufacturing Technology through course and workshop instruction.

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Neil C. Doty, Ph.D.

Consulting technical Director

As Consulting Technical Director, some of Doty’s responsibilities include:

  • Serving in a consulting capacity to provide internal oversight for processing, technical aspects of education programs and laboratories

  • Coordinates and supervises processing of value-added products from northern grown crops for private industry, regional universities and commodity groups.

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Rachel Carlson

Food technologist

As Food Technologist, Carlson’s responsibilities include:

  • Special focus on baking with wheat and soy

  • Conduct laboratory analyses on northern grown crops

  • Participate in demonstrations and training for domestic and international trade team and short course participants.

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Zhisheng (Zach) Liu, Ph.D., CFS

Food scientist

As Food Scientist, Liu’s responsibilities include:

  • Design and conduct pilot scale extrusion, soymilk and tofu processing for external clients

  • Lead food science-related product development projects by providing content, expertise, knowledge, skills and supervision as necessary in the areas of pasta processing, food extrusion, oilseed processing, and other food processing technologies as required

  • Serve as the NCI technical expert and consultant in soy foods/beverage and extrusion technologies.

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Rilie Morgan

Process project manager

As Process Project Manager, Morgan’s responsibilities include:

  • Operating Wenger TX-52 Twin Screw Extruder

  • Maintaining equipment vital to daily operation at NCI

  • Keeping inventory of all ingredients and equipment used at NCI

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