Dave Austin is a Senior Manager in the Encirca IT group at DuPont Pioneer. His responsibilities include leading software development and data management in support of the Pioneer’s Encirca Services which provide industry-leading analytics and management tools aimed at boosting crop productivity.
Dave joined Pioneer in 1997 in the Research Information Management department serving as a support manager for corn product development and breeding technologies. He served as Director of the Crop Genetics Informatics group from 2006-2015. Under his leadership, the team developed transformational software systems and analytics to leverage field and molecular data to deliver superior products to Pioneer customers. In 2016, Dave moved to his current role with the Encirca Services team.
Dave is originally from Wisconsin, where he grew up on a dairy farm near the town of Darlington. He received his B.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin. He holds Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Iowa State University.
Dave and his wife, Mindy, reside in Ankeny and have three teenage children. He is passionate about photography, and you are likely to run into him taking photos at Living History Farms on weekends.