Agricultural economist Olga Isengildina Massa has been appointed as the John B. and Kristi L. Rowell professor at Virginia Tech.
It is a five-year professorship that was created to support faculty leadership of the commodity investing by students program within the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Since joining Virginia Tech in 2015, Massa has led a research program examining commodity market price dynamics, and evaluating forecasting performance of U.S. Department of Agriculture and private firms.
She has participated in a National Academies of Sciences panel to develop new forecasting methods for USDA crop estimates.
Massa received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University.