Alumni Fellows

The Alumni Fellows program recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The program is sponsored by the Dean's Council, the Office of the President and the K-State Alumni Association.

2014 Alumni Fellow

Ed Kaleikau, Ph.D.

Ed Kaleikau is senior adviser for plant science in the USDA Office of the Chief Scientist in Washington, D.C. Before joining OCS, he served as the national program leader in USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, where he provided leadership for plant genomics and breeding research, education and extension programs related to food security, climate change and bioenergy.

Kaleikau served as the USDA liaison to the White House National Science and Technology Council's federal partnership that sequenced the first model plant genome as well as the international collaboration that sequenced the rice genome. For his contributions to U.S. agriculture, Kaleikau has received the NIFA Director Award for Excellence and three USDA Secretary Group Honor Awards for Excellence.

Kaleikau earned a doctorate in plant genetics from K-State in 1988. He also has a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Graceland University, and completed National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowships in plant molecular biology at Stanford University. Ed and his wife, Lori, have three children.