In the spirit of George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was a brilliant scientist and educator who helped farmers with ideas he worked on when he was a student and faculty member at Iowa State. His research changed how we look at crop applications – and his teaching inspired students to become the best versions of themselves. And while it’s been more than 110 years since Carver completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Iowa State, his spirit here still lives on.

It lives on through professors like Andrew Manu, professor of agronomy, who embodies what Carver was about – making a difference in the lives of others. Professor Manu is the first person to be appointed the George Washington Carver Chair at Iowa State, which recognizes his dedication to his students. Manu says in this position he plans to “nurture brilliant students of all social status, class, position, or race.” Sounds like something George Washington Carver would say himself.

Professor Manu considers himself lucky to teach at Iowa State where students are engaged in learning. “Students here are very motivated. And they don’t take their studies lightly at all. And that’s what gets me going,” said Manu.

Carver once said, “No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.” Professor Manu is taking this idea to heart. And his students are all the better for it.

Learn more about George Washington Carver.