Extension educator and associate Extension professor
Current work, research and interests
Brian is an Extension educator and associate Extension professor with the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development and the 4-H program. Brian’s program focus is currently on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), focusing on the 4-H Aquatic Robotics Project, the Engineering Design Challenge (Rube Goldberg), and 4-H robotics training for youth and adults. He also has administration responsibilities with the supervision of staff.
Brian provides leadership to 4-H camping experiences in southwest Minnesota. He annually recruits and trains youth to be 4-H camp counselors, mentoring the youth camping team to provide a quality camping experience.
Brian’s passion for youth development is evident by the quality of program experience that youth and adults are given.
Academic degrees and experience
M. Ed. in human resource development, University of Minnesota.
- B.A. in sociology/minor in anthropology, Southwest State University.
McNeill, B., Jirik, P., & Rugg, B. (2014). 4-H and Aquatic Robotics. Journal of Extension, 52(6).
McNeill, B., Jirik, P., Courneya, L., & Rugg, B. (2012). Creating New Program Opportunities with Specialized Staff. Journal of Extension, 50(1).
McNeill, B. (2010). The Important Role Non-parental Adults have with Youth Learning Leadership. Journal of Extension, 48(5).
- 4-H aquatic robotics
- Brown bag webinars (University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University)
- STEM related programs
- Youth leadership development
Extension Regional Office, Morris