Ronda Hamm, Ph.D. is passionate about providing enriching science and agriculture experiences for everyone. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education at Fresno State University. She taught at Clovis East and Sierra High Schools before starting her graduate education. She received her Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Entomology at Cornell University. She was recently named to the Global Academic Relations role. In this role, she will work to develop and implement strategies and relationships to promote people and innovations for the future of agriculture.
In 2016, Ronda was awarded the Distinguished Informal Educator Award from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for her work in founding three successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs (two while in graduate school and one at Dow AgroSciences) that continue to grow. At Dow AgroSciences she was a founding member of the Science Ambassadors program. This program inspires students to enter agricultural science careers, empowers teachers to bring agricultural sciences into their classrooms, and engages adults on the importance of the agricultural industry. Growing public awareness about biotechnology and agrochemicals is essential for the agricultural industry’s success as we work to feed a growing world population. In five years more than a half million people were impacted by the program’s volunteers, numbers that continue to grow. The program has grown rapidly, with more than 500 Dow AgroSciences employees from around the world participating in STEM outreach within their communities.
Ronda looks forward to partnering with organizations around the world to improve the lives of communities through agriculture and STEM experiences.