​Motivated to advance Agriculture though research and data analysis

Doug Abney

Hometown: Bargersville, IN

High school: Franklin Community High School

Major & Concentration: Agricultural Economics with a concentration in Quantitative Analysis


Why did you come to Purdue: Both my parents had gone to Purdue, and all my siblings had gone to Purdue as well. My grandfather was a professor at Purdue it seemed like the natural place to go.

Favorite Purdue tradition: Getting Den pops with my roommates after class in Krannert when the Den used to be on Chauncey Hill.

Top three influences at Purdue

  1. My friends
  2. FarmHouse Fraternity
  3. Switching from Engineering to AGEC freshman year.

Five words to describe Purdue

  • Opportunity
  • Friendship
  • Home
  • Excitement
  • Happiness

Top five highlights of your career

  1. High academic achievement in AGEC
  2. Leading as the Treasure for Ag Council
  3. Receiving internships with CoBank and Farm Credit Mid-America
  4. Completely flipping my GPA after freshman year in Engineering
  5. Joining the Quantitative Analysis concentration in AGEC.

Something you wish you would have done at Purdue: I think it would have been cool to dual major with another major outside of the college of ag. I also wish I would have tried out all the restaurants at Purdue to see what they are all like.


Places you have been as a Purdue student: Denver, Colorado for CoBank Internship

Have to redo college in a major not in Ag: Statistics, Computer Science, or Data Analytics

Favorite club/organization: Ag Council

Favorite Student-led event/initiative: Moonlight Pancake Breakfast

Favorite Purdue event: Purdue Tailgates and Football games

Favorite place to study: In my room at FarmHouse

Over your career where were you most likely to be found on campus: You could most likely find me studying in my room or hanging out with my friends and brothers at FarmHouse.

Favorite spot on campus: My favorite spot on campus is Chauncey Hill – I like to eat at all the different restaurants and I always enjoy walking there with friends.

Favorite thing about CoA: Professors are so approachable. The college seems so tight knit and everyone cares about each other's experience at Purdue.

Favorite thing about AGEC: Knowing the students in my classes and making friends through classes and shared experiences.

Favorite thing about your major: Its diversity for job applications.

Favorite class: So far my favorite class at Purdue has been AGEC 375 (The Process of Economic Research), it's a precursor for the AGEC 499 (Research Thesis) and we talked about how research is conducted and possible fields of study and learned more about what individual AGEC professors were researching at Purdue. The class was fun because it was always open discussion and we only had 4 students in the class.

Favorite professor: Todd Kuethe

Coolest project: My coolest project will be this Fall/Spring as a Senior. I will be completing a research project for my capstone and I am very excited about it.

Two biggest accomplishments

  1. Having a 4.0 in all of my AGEC related course
  2. Leading on Ag Councils exec team as the treasurer

Three words to describe you

  • Determined
  • Deverbative
  • Analytical

What are you passionate for: I am passionate about advancements in Agriculture, and I think that can be achieved though research and better implementation of data analysis within Ag industries and companies.

What intrigues you about the Ag industry: That it is all interconnected. I think it's so interesting how each industry within Ag has an effect on each other.

What motivates you: I think what motivates me is past mistakes, I always strive to work harder than I have in the past so I can have a sense of accomplishment.

Favorite quote: "The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek"

Where do you want to end up: Ideally, I would like to end up working for an Ag company in Indiana working in data analysis.

Advice for underclassman: Enjoy college and making friends, but also push yourself to work hard and fully understand the topics you are learning in class.

Biggest takeaway from Purdue: Purdue has taught me how life is so unpredictable. You start college and you think you have a plan. Then things change and you rethink your life goals and where you want to be when you get older. I think that's a valuable skill especially since 2020 has been such an unprecedented year. You have to be dynamic. You think better when you realize the image of your life that you have in your head may never be set into stone.


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