Each year during the Quantrix Dimension Conference, attendees take part in Training Sessions and Customer Use Case Presentations. These sessions and presentations are led by incredibly knowledgeable speakers. With unique backgrounds and perspectives, the speakers offer a novel take on the software we all know and love!
Speaker: Gregg Ibendahl, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Gregg Ibendahl is an Associate Professor in Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. His specialty areas are farm management and agricultural finance. Dr. Ibendahl grew up on a grain and beef farm in Southern Illinois and worked for six years in private industry before returning to graduate school. His work experience includes Mobay Chemical and Dekalb Genetics (now part of Bayer). His Dekalb experience included time working for both the swine division and also the quality assurance seed lab.
Dr. Ibendahl earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in agricultural economics and has held academic positions at the University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University, and now Kansas State University. He also has an M.B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University. His undergraduate degree is from Southern Illinois University with a major in agricultural mechanization and a minor in computer science. Being an Extension professor has afforded Dr. Ibendahl a chance to work with farmers out in the field, helping them solve production and financial problems.
Presentation Topic: Using Quantrix in an Academic Setting
Dr. Ibendahl teaches a capstone farm management class at Kansas State University. He wants students to learn to make decisions in more of a realistic environment. A farm simulation game where students must make decisions about crop acreage, financing, machinery purchases, and purchasing and renting land was an ideal way to help students learn. As part of the simulation game, students make a variety of decisions, even when the future is unknown. Quantrix is ideal for creating a simulation game. Each table in Quantrix represents one element of the simulation. Scaling the game to add either more students or more simulation years is just a simple matter of adding new lines.
Stayed tuned to our future blogs to learn about the other speakers!