Drops & Crops showcases work produced by Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute interns. The intern program promotes collaboration between students from across colleges and disciplines for domestic and global projects in support of the Institute's mission, to address the challenges of improving the use and management of water in agriculture.


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Vivian Nguyen


Vivian Nguyen is a graduate student studying political science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where she also received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. Her focus is public policy concerning climate and water security. She is also interested in media, political psychology and environmental justice. At DWFI, Vivian is working on the water security and […]

Ellen Emanuel


Originally from Gretna, Nebraska, Ellen Emanuel is a master’s student in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her graduate research includes studying the techno-economics of lignocellulosic ethanol production. She is interested in alternative energy, sustainability and resource management. Ellen only recently discovered her interest in water used for agriculture, and […]

Haley Collins


Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Haley Collins is an undergraduate graphic design major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She will assist with several design-related projects at WFI over the course of the fall 2016 semester, including building infographics from scholarly research to help make the information more accessible to the public. She is excited to […]

Mitch Maguire

Graduate Research Assistant

Mitch Maguire, originally from David City, Nebraska, joined the Water for Food Global Institute in May 2016 as a graduate research assistant. He also works for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Along with WFI Director of Research Christopher Neale, Maguire is conducting research on informing variable rate irrigation using remote sensing […]

Will Ruffalo


William Ruffalo is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics with a minor in agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently gathering information for DWFI on agricultural and water entrepreneurship in the Midwest and beyond. Ruffalo, from Omaha, Nebraska, enjoys traveling and feels that global exposure is important to develop well rounded views […]

Harrison Rood

Web Developer Intern

Harrison Rood is an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is pursuing a major in advertising and public relations within the College of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a minor in music technology from the Hixon-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts. He enjoys working in graphic and web design, and […]