Brian Wiedenfeld

B.S. Agricultural and Applied Economics

Food Systems
Menomonee Falls, WI
Brian Wiedenfeld
Vicky Lee Hirsh Academic Merit Award 2019, Dick Weigle Memorial Scholarship 2019
Bio Sketch
Brian was very active in his time at UW-Madison, starting with his freshman year. As a first-generation college student he was involved with the Center for Educational Opportunity. He held various leadership roles with the Wisconsin Track Club, notably serving as president the last two years. Also in his freshman year, he completed an internship with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as an engineering intern. For the past year he has worked on various research projects studying rural communities, agricultural systems, and developing an ecological footprint for small scale agriculture producers, while concurrently interning as a performance analyst with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. In fall he will continue his education as a master’s student in UW-Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, fulfilling his passion for community development and land use.
Career Plans
Master's program in Urban and Regional Planning at UW-Madison
Personal Reflection
While I know I have two more years at UW with my graduate studies, it feels like a chapter of my life has been completed. I've learned so much in such a short time and will emerge with the weight of a global pandemic marking my last two years of college. Despite these troubling times, I believe the final years were the most rewarding -where I made the strongest connections with classmates, professors, and Madison community members. I am proud to be a Badger and excited for my extended time at the University!
Message to Fellow Graduates
Thank you to those who made my time at UW the best years of my life! Best of luck to all on their road ahead. Cheers!