Encouraging International Cooperation in Agriculture (A 1990s Alum Story)

 

Graduation picture of Karl Weiss, 1992 College of Agriculture graduate. From e-Archives, Debris Yearbook. Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Karl Weiss, graduation photo from the 1992 Purdue Debris. From e-Archives, Debris Yearbook. Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.

Advice from a college roommate led Karl Weiss to the forefront of the agricultural and construction equipment industry, where he has influenced major improvements in international agriculture.

During his freshman year at Purdue, Weiss’ roommate suggested that he apply for a co-op engineering job with Caterpillar, Inc. After Weiss graduated from Purdue in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, this college job turned into a robust 25-year career.

Weiss is currently vice president of the Caterpillar Earthmoving Division, where his leadership has taken him throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In 2005, Weiss relocated to China for four years, where he worked with Shangong Engineering Machinery to develop a wheel loader strategy for China.

This initiative is one way that Weiss has encouraged cooperation between the two largest agricultural production countries in the world. His work continually reaches beyond borders to encourage the collaboration that fuels the future of agriculture.

 — by Hannah Tucker (Purdue ’18)

 





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