MS’99 MS’99 PhD’03 • Growing up on a corn, soybean and swine farm, Brian Aukema was drawn to bugs, trees and the outdoors at an early age. At CALS, he took advantage of the wide variety of majors, emerging with two master’s degrees (in entomology and biometry) and a PhD in entomology. After completing his doctorate, Aukema joined the University of Minnesota, where he runs a lab in forest entomology and enjoys teaching as an associate professor. Though he’s currently running with the Gophers, Aukema is still loyal to his Badger heritage. “Defending our choice of a ‘W’ in front of our house on football Saturdays” accounts for a large portion of his fall weekends, he says.