Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy
Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s extramural science agency, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on May 7, 2012. Through its portfolio of funding, NIFA catalyzes transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to address agricultural challenges.

Ramaswamy has previously held a number of academic positions, including: dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences; director of Purdue’s Agricultural Research Programs; distinguished professor and head of Kansas State’s Entomology Department; professor of entomology at Mississippi State; and research associate at Michigan State. As an insect physiologist, he worked on integrative reproductive biology of insects.

Sonny has received grants from many federal agencies, including NIFA, NSF, NIH, EPA, and USAID. He has published nearly 150 journal articles, book chapters, and a book. His many awards include Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Entomological Society of America; Frazier Lecturer, American Society for Horticultural Science; and Presidential Award, Soil Science Society of America.

Dr. Ramaswamy received his BSc (Agriculture) and a MSc (Entomology) from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, India; Ph.D. (Entomology) from Rutgers University. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska’s New Academic Chair’s Program and Harvard University’s Management Development Program.

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