Meet Adam Broin '10

Supply chain manager, Environmental Tillage Systems
Faribault, Minnesota
— physics major

Q. How did you choose Augustana?

A. I didn’t want to go to a school in my hometown so I did a very extensive college search. After looking wide and far, I admitted that I should tour Augie and I felt at home immediately.

Life at Augie

Q. Favorite class and why?

A. A few classes come to mind. Electromagnetic Theory was the hardest class I took, and ended so beautifully with all of the concepts coming together. Dr. Wells really blew us away with that one. My Capstone Course on Globalization with Reynold Nesiba was also very enlightening.

Q. Favorite professor and why?

A. A tough choice. Sandra Looney once had me rewrite a paper ten times, and I learned something with every rewrite. She knows how to push students to their full potential.

Q. Best Augie memory?

A. Meeting my best friends. Being the school mascot. Tutoring physics students. Viking Varieties (where I met my wife). Band Tour. Being a New Student Orientation leader. All of it. Augie is my best memory.

After Augie                  

Q. Tell us about your journey after graduating from Augustana – first job, grad school, travel, etc.?

A. An internship in Minneapolis lead to a job offer in rural California. So my wife and I planned our wedding while I was traveling to Cali frequently, and moved immediately after. I used my technical degree programming a coal power plant that was being retrofitted to make renewable energy from wood waste. Living in California for those three adventurous years, I skied in the Sierras, explored wine country, played in a swing band, sailed on Lake Tahoe, and met wonderful people.

Q. Tell us about your career – what’s an average day like?

A. I help with the implementation of an inventory management system. That means chasing down variances, setting up a database, and working with the team to utilize the tools at hand to their full potential.

Q. Greatest challenges and best rewards of your current role?

A. The challenge is creating a cultural shift in a company towards better communication and better processes. The reward is seeing how greatly those processes improve the ability for everyone to do their job more effectively.

Q. Greatest professional accomplishment thus far?

A. Helping take an old abandoned power plant and turning it into a working sustainable energy source was a great experience. When I started, the place was inhabited by wildlife. When I left, it was a smooth operating facility.

Q. What’s next for you professionally?

A. I hope to continue in the business of bringing sustainable solutions to the marketplace.

Q. If you could offer a prospective or existing Augie student some advice, what would you say?

A. Get involved. Never stop making new friends. Every student, every faculty member, has a life lesson to teach you, something that will help you make this world more like the world you want to live in. Embrace that.

At Home

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. I am married to fellow Augie alum, Joy (Lussenden) Broin. Her boundless energy keeps me from spending my weekends on the couch.

Q. What’s given you the greatest personal satisfaction since graduating from Augie? And why?

A. Again, I would say restoring an abandoned facility to its former glory in a renewable iteration. Nothing more satisfying than witnessing the creation of jobs and productivity where there was neither.

Q. A foundation for life at Augustana begins with our five core values – Christian Faith, Liberal Arts, Excellence, Community and Service. How did your time at Augustana help to ensure those values remain central in your life? 

A. Augie gave me a foundation of faith, compassion, and belief in humanity. I also learned to always ask the stupid questions, those are the most important ones!