Staff Spotlight: Forrest Lang

Forrest LangTitle & department: Instructor, Plant Sciences and Engineering Technologies Division 

Describe your work: My focus is helping students become better learners. No matter the class, I try to incorporate real world examples that tie the information to students' interest and career goals. 

How long have you been with OSU? I've actually been working for OSU since I turned 18 when I started as a landscaper on the Wooster Campus grounds crew. Once I moved to Columbus, I worked as an office assistant at my dorm and also worked at Farm Science Review. From there I worked for the FABE Department as a research assistant for several years before transitioning to a graduate teaching assistant followed by my current role.  

Tell us about your family/pets: My wife Morgan and I currently live on my family's farm where we have two dogs, Haley and Twiggy. My wife raises chickens and hogs so those could also be counted as pets in a way.  

What is your hometown? My hometown is actually right here in Wooster. I grew up in the area and was able to move back while working on my master's degree.  

What is something you would like to learn? I want to learn how to weld. I have experience, but I am not the best at it. I am actually taking a welding class at ATI this semester to improve my skills.   

What is your favorite restaurant or food? I may be biased, but my favorite restaurant would be Lionsgate in Wooster. Their pizza is delicious and the ice cream always hits the spot! 

What is a talent or superpower you wish you had? A talent that I wish I had was playing the guitar. I have tried to learn it a few times throughout my life, but it never stuck with me. 

Where is your favorite place to vacation? My wife and I are actually trying to visit all of the national parks at some point in our life, so we rarely go to the same place twice. This year we are hoping to hit 15 different parks across the country.  

Who is your role model? I would have to say my old supervisor/co-worker Ryan Tietje. He is one of those people that I will forever strive to be like but will always come up short. As a supervisor, he always took the time to explain things and made sure the job was done right. As a friend, he is always willing to drop what he is doing to help someone out no matter what it is or how long he has known someone.