Temple Grandin is a professor in the Department of Animal Sciences. She is one of very few livestock-handling equipment managers in the world and has consulted for firms such as Burger King, McDonald’s and Swift on issues of animal welfare.
Grandin is a worldwide leader in the fields of humane animal handling and autism advocacy. She has published numerous books, including Animals Make Us Human, Emergence: Labeled Autistic, the New York Times bestseller Animals in Translation, Improving Animal Welfare: A Practical Approach, Temple Grandin’s Guide to Working with Farm Animals, The Autistic Brain and Calling All Minds.
Grandin has received many awards, including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, the Industry Advancement Award from the American Meat Institute, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the OIE World Animal Health Organization Meritorious Award. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016 and the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017. She was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010.
Grandin earned her B.A. from Franklin Pierce College in 1970. She went on to study animal science, earning her M.S. from Arizona State University in 1975 and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1989. Grandin is a former member of the Autism Society of America’s board of directors.