Temple Grandin '75 m.s.

Temple Grandin is a doctor of animal science, a consultant to the livestock industry and a best-selling author. Grandin is originally from Boston, Mass., and became interested in animal-science and animal welfare in college. She graduated with a master’s degree in animal science from Arizona State University in 1975. Her experiences as a person with autism (which was diagnosed at the age of 2), particularly her feelings of being threatened and feared, motivated her to work with animals and develop humane livestock handling processes. In 2004 she won a "Proggy" award for her work, from the advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Grandin has been featured on television, in documentaries, and as the focus of a HBO film. She also was named one of 2010's 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

Year of graduation: 
1975