Building Maintenance Tech I
Forest and Wildlife Research Center
Years in Position: 5
Years at MSU: 5
The MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center’s Forest Operations team relies on Chris Forrester to keep the buildings and equipment running smoothly.
Forrester completes daily work orders from his superintendent or supervisor that primarily consist of electrical or HVAC work.
“One day I might be repairing incubators on South Farm and another I may be doing electrical work in the Sustainable Bioproducts building,” Forrester said. “I do a variety of assignments such as installing new equipment, wiring up motors, fixing faulty plumbing and troubleshooting with HVAC systems.”
Forrester said his favorite part about his job is working with such great people who work together and make the job worthwhile. He also likes that his job is constantly changing, and he knows he has a purpose.
Forrester first became interested in electrical work during his previous job as an ATV/motorcycle technician. He then decided to pursue his associate’s degree in Electrical Technology at EMCC. He finds digital electronics to be most interesting.
When Forrester is not working, he enjoys attending Meadowview Baptist Church and spending time with his family. He has been married to Jennifer for 14 years. She also works at MSU as the business coordinator at the Custer Dairy Processing Plant. They have two children: Allie, 9 and Jacob, 6.
“I’m looking forward to some time off with my kids at Christmas,” Forrester said. “Another perk of the job.”
Research Associate I
Mississippi Veterinary Research
and Diagnostic Laboratory
Years in Position: 1
Years at MSU: 1
With Darian Young’s experience in completing research and lab experiments, the Mississippi Veterinary Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in Pearl runs like a well-oiled machine.
As Research Associate under Dr. Trey Howell, Young runs various experiments along with his daily responsibilities, which include maintaining cell cultures, extracting cells from tissue samples, and analyzing data.
“My job really depends on the major project at hand,” Young said. “Towards the end of a project, we will run multiple experiments to test our results. It gets particularly busy in the spring when the lab receives animal tissue samples that need to be tested.”
Young has been interested in science since childhood. His curiosity about biology led to him to pursue his degree in the field. Young graduated with a degree in biology from the University of West Alabama in 2012 and a master’s in biology from Mississippi College in 2014.
“I’m gaining valuable research experience before I pursue my doctorate,” Young said. “My plan is to continue in research after furthering my education.”
Young said his favorite thing about his job is getting unexpected results from an experiment.
“It’s so interesting to see results come in and be counter to what we believed they would be,” Young said. “We always conduct a follow-up experiment and of course continue to find out why the results were the way they were.”
When he’s out of the lab, Young enjoys reading and visiting his family in Meridian. He said this year he is looking forward to a break for the holidays.
“I remember waking up Christmas morning at my grandparents’ home and rushing to open presents,” Young said. “Now that I’m older, I realize it isn’t about what’s under the tree but who’s around the tree, instead.”
At each annual DAFVM Summer Celebration, the Staff Spotlight recipients from the previous year will be acknowledged. The DAFVM website will have an archive of all winners listed by month/date.
An employee cannot be chosen more than once during a two (2) year period.