In the words of his colleague, Bill Kramer, “(Cliff’s) toolbox for life seems like a magician’s hat with endless wonders at his disposal.”
Cliff finds himself using what he learned at Ohio State, not only as an educator in the classroom but on the field as a football coach. Since joining the coaching staff, he has led the football team to eight district championships and four regional championships.
In the classroom, Cliff is a fierce advocate for engineering education. Specifically, he is credited with establishing the Naples High Engineering Academy. With Cliff’s leadership, the academy focuses on inspiring the next generation of designers and problem-solvers through work-based learning experiences that help reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. In 2018, Naples High Engineering Academy was the only U.S. engineering academy that earned the Distinguished Academy status. Also in 2018, Cliff was one of 10 engineering teachers in the country to be recognized by Project Lead the Way as an Outstanding Engineering Teacher.
Cliff is known as an educator who strives not only to teach his students in the classroom or on the field, but also to serve as a mentor and role model for them in life.
From working with the Wendy’s Company to regulate animal welfare standards to speaking to current students about the importance of networking, Sarah is a young Ohio State alumna who has risen to great professional achievement.
She is an individual who holds up the accomplishments of those with whom she works, which is the cornerstone of her professional successes. In 2014, Sarah served as beef quality assurance product manager for the Wendy’s Company. Within her first year, she was recognized as Manager of the Year within the Wendy’s organization. The following year, she was awarded Dave’s MBA by Wendy’s, in acknowledgment of her work performance embodying Dave Thomas’ values.
Professional accomplishments aside, Sarah manages to find time to give back. She serves annually as a Meat Judging Official for the American Meat Science Association, provides guest lectures for the CFAES Department of Animal Sciences, assists with youth programming, and serves as a mentor and role model to young men and women within the Wendy’s Company.
Above all, Sarah says her most significant contribution to the industry has been “to have the opportunity to mentor many students and young professionals who are now successfully contributing to the agriculture industry. Their success is what makes me most proud of my career so far.”