Brian Diers is the Charles Adlai Ewing Endowed Chair of Soybean Genetics and Breeding in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He teaches plant breeding and conducts res earch on soybean breeding and genetics. His research focuses on improving disease and pest resistance, seed quality, and yield potential of soybean. His breeding program is developing nonGMO varieties for commodity and specialty markets with an emphasis on developing varieties with high oleic acid and low linolenic acid oil. He received the Young Crop Scientist Award given by the Crop Science Society of America, and he is a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.