Michigan State University

ANR Week

March 3-10, 2018

Kopf named outstanding young alumnus by CANR

posted on February 25, 2017 11:49am

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The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) will honor 12 leaders in agriculture and natural resources for leadership at the community, state and/or national levels during the annual Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Week luncheon at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center March 7.

Brett Kopf will receive an Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Brett Kopf graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in food industry management. During his time at MSU, Brett was a member of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars. His professors remember him as someone who was “engaging, inquisitive and passionate about his career plans.”

During his time at Michigan State, Kopf struggled with an attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. After graduating, Kopf and his brother, David, set out to create a smartphone app that would help students and teachers by allowing private messaging between K-12 teachers, college instructors and students.

On this app, Remind101, teachers can message students and their parents about upcoming assignments, quizzes and other classroom matters. Since the creation of the application in 2011, they have 20 million active teachers, students and parents who have sent more than five billion messages a year. In 2012, Brett and David were honored by Forbes Magazine for their impact on American education. Chances are if you have a child in K-12 school, you have this app on your phone.