Nicholas Hoaglin (B.S., 2006) is putting his Biological Engineering degree to use at ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston. Hoaglin works in Twin Falls, ID as the Manager of Plant Engineering for a manufacturing facility that produces French fries and specialty potato products.
Hoaglin began working with ConAgra in May 2006, directly after he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree. He was hired as a Production Team Leader and transitioned to a project engineering position.
During his time as a Project Engineer, Hoaglin worked on a two-year project designing a new process for producing sweet potato French fries. “I was able to go from R&D all the way through installation, start-up, and commissioning of that system,” Hoaglin said. “It was a new venture for our company.” Hoaglin worked in Delhi, LA for a year overseeing and troubleshooting the start-up of the plant. The plant was LEED Platinum certified.
After a promotion to Manager of Plant Engineering at the company’s Warden, WA facility, Hoaglin relocated to his current position as Manager of Plant Engineering in Twin Falls. One of his major responsibilities as Manager of Plant Engineering is leading the facility’s capital investment program. Hoaglin manages capital projects ranging from $50,000 to $10,000,000, ensuring that the facility remains a viable manufacturing site. Hoaglin is responsible for roughly 120 employees. “I am a leader of a highly motivated, safety oriented team that has a high level of ownership and accountability,” he said.
While at USU, an upper division food engineering course taught by Dr. Timothy Taylor piqued Hoaglin’s interest in the food industry. Hogalin worked with Dr. Anhong Zhou as an undergraduate researcher for three years. His research focused on using biosensors to detect volatile organic compounds and bacteria. “It really helped me prepare for my job,” Hoaglin said. “It was very valuable experience.”
When he’s not working, the Ogden, UT native enjoys spending time with his two children and playing his guitar.