Faculty Spotlight

"The only one who never makes mistakes is the one who never does anything" -- Theodore Roosevelt

William Kranz

What is your position at UNL?:

BSE Professor, Extension Irrigation Specialist and currently serve as Co-Interim Director of the Northeast Research and Extension Center

What drew you to UNL?:

My first job after receiving my BS degree was to work as a research technologist at what is now the West Central Research and Extension Center.  That work transitioned into a MS degree program at UNL.  After completing my MS degree I worked as an Extension Program Coordinator where I was exposed to working directly with farmers.  A few years later the position at Concord came open and it was a natural fit for me because of my previous exposure to research and extension work.

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?:

I have the privilege of working with graduate students from around the world.  My interactions with them over the course of their program gives me a snapshot about their home country.


I also enjoy the one-on-one interactions with producers who have questions related to irrigation system design and management.  They keep me grounded and provide ideas for future work.

What are the most challenging and the most rewarding parts of your job?:

Most challenging is to find time to keep up with all of the new things researchers are discovering.

Most rewarding is to witness the graduation of one of my students and see producers successfully implement irrigation water management practices that I helped develop.


What is something that most people don’t know about you?:

I grew up on a diversified poultry and dairy farm near Watertown, South Dakota

What is your life like outside of work?:

I live in Wayne, NE with my wife of over 30 years.  Our two daughters are in various levels of college degree programs.  I enjoy cooking, bicycling, playing golf, and pleasure boating.

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?:

Keep your eyes open for opportunities to work in a job related to your career choice.  The job will give you some insight into the day-to-day activities you may experience after graduation.