Evan Titgemeyer grew up on a small family farm in northwest Ohio. Following completion of a B.S. degree at The Ohio State University (1984), he completed both M.S. (1986) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees at the University of Illinois. His graduate work was under the direction of Dr. Neal Merchen and focused on determining amino acid requirements of growing cattle; this is an area of research where he is still active. Following post-doctoral training with Dr. George Fahey, Jr. in the area of fiber chemistry, he was hired as a faculty member at Kansas State University in 1992, and he is currently a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, with specialization in the area of ruminant nutrition. His current appointment is 70% research and 30% teaching.