Alumni leading across the globe

February 16, 2022

All around the world, CFANS alumni bring their rich experience and deep expertise to a wide variety of roles that focus on building a better tomorrow. Recently, three of our graduates — from Minnesota to Morocco — have made news for their distinctive achievements. We are #CFANSProud of Shefali, Mohamed and Luke, and look forward to their continued leadership.

Shefali Meta.

Shefali Mehta, PhD, Applied Economics ‘07 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently named Shefali Mehta the Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics. Mehta, an environmental and agricultural economist and statistician, has worked in roles across private, public and non-profit sectors.


Mohamed Sadiki.

Mohamed Sadiki, PhD, Plant Breeding ‘90

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI appointed Mohamed Sadiki to the country’s new government in fall 2021. Sadiki, who has extensive experience serving in Morocco’s agricultural sector, was named the country’s Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, and Water and Forests.


Luke Becker.

Luke Becker, BS, Agricultural Education ‘09

Luke Becker, agricultural technology and physics teacher at Minnesota’s Braham Area High School, was named Teacher of the Year by the Association for Career and Technical Education. Becker’s students have filled a trophy case with technology competition awards, beating teams from universities such as Cal Poly, Texas A&M and Louisiana Tech.

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