His areas of expertise are corn breeding, recurrent selection, experimental design and sustainable agriculture. He was author of multiple publications, lead on 6+ million research grants and elected to multiple national and regional scientific committees. He received multiple awards for teaching and research including recognition by the Kellogg Foundation and acceptance as a Fulbright Scholar in Ivory Coast where, speaking fluent French, he taught, did research and established numerous international exchange agreements. He is currently CEO of three successful startups in real estate development, impact investing in Africa and venture capital. Zeno earned his Ph.D. from North Dakota State University specializing in Plant Breeding. Zeno has recently retired from an extended and fruitful career as a corn researcher and educator at South Dakota State University.