Ozzie Abaye is a professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and has been at Virginia Tech since 1987. While Abaye finds teaching extremely rewarding, the aspect of her position that she prizes the most is her interaction with advisees. As an advisor, Abaye strives to foster independence and personal responsibility. She encourages students to study abroad and has been actively involved in developing these programs. Abaye also coaches the Crops Judging Team, which gives students experience in evaluating seed and grain quality and in identifying crops, weeds, and crop diseases.
Abaye’s research focus, which also strongly supports her Extension efforts, has been on alternative crops and incorporation of animals into sustainable systems.