YOU NEED TO KNOW: Luxin Wang
Meet Luxin Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. Wang was born in China and came to the United States in 2004. She obtained her master’s degree in food science, master’s degree in biological engineering and doctorate degree in food science, all from the University of Missouri. Wang began teaching in the Auburn University College of Agriculture in January of 2012. Her research focuses on food microbiology and safety. She started her family in Auburn and has a 2-year old daughter. Wang was recently selected to serve as the Ag Ambassador junior advisor for the 2016-2017 year. She spends her free time playing with Legos with her daughter, jogging and doing Zumba.
What drew you to Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
I interviewed at Auburn University in June 2011, and I was impressed by the faculty and staff members in the Department of Animal Sciences. I got a phone call from Dr. Greene, my department head, a couple of days after I went back to California, and was offered the job. I accepted it because I enjoyed my visit.
What is your favorite part about being a professor in the animal sciences department?
I really enjoy working with my colleagues here in the department. I like teaching and enjoy the interaction I have with my students both inside and outside of the classroom. Our department is student-oriented. Training our students and offering the best to our students is our core value.
What advice do you have for students looking at Auburn University and the College of Agriculture?
Come and visit us. Talk to our Ag Ambassadors! The College of Agriculture at Auburn University offers different majors and minors. Within the Department of Animal Sciences, we have Pre-Vet/Pre-Professional, Production/Management, Equine Science and Muscle Foods options. The College of Agriculture also has a strong study abroad program. We have faculty-led study abroad trips to Italy, Spain, France and China that are offered every year.
What is your favorite Auburn tradition? What has been your most exciting moment here at Auburn?
Auburn turned me into a football fan. I was not interested in football before I came to Auburn, and I have to be honest with you that I still don’t quite understand the rules. But being in front of the television when Auburn competed for the national championship in January 2014 was one of my most exciting moments in Auburn.