Agronomic New Product Development
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company
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B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 2000
Area of emphasis: Turfgrass Science
manages greenhouse, field, and laboratory insecticide research for the Ortho product line of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. "The experiments I administer generate data that is used for product registrations, support of label claims, and assessment of the efficacy of current and future Ortho products,” explains McDonald, a researcher in the Agronomic New Product Development Department for Ortho Insecticide Research & Development. He is responsible for experimental setup and execution as well as for providing technical support to his colleagues in marketing, consumer services, and purchasing.
An internship experience changed McDonald’s career path from hands-on turf management to scientific research. "While I began my career with the goal of a career in the golf turf management field. I realized through an internship that golf was not the best choice for me. Then I had the opportunity to intern at Scotts where later I was offered a full-time position. I simply love plants and enjoy investigating their interaction with people, the environment, insects, diseases, fertilizer, and chemicals.
McDonald advises students to explore opportunities with an internship. "In my mind there are two important characteristics of internships: 1) the opportunity to get out in the real world and experience different careers and 2) the opportunity to make connections and build relationships that can be of value for the rest of the intern's career."
"Plants impact our lives in ways we don't think about everyday," says McDonald. "Lawns prevent runoff and erosion, absorb dust, filter water percolating into the soil, reduce noise pollution, and cool the environment. Plants are necessary for our survival and comfort."