Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Washington State University, 2021
M. Tech, Farm Machinery and Power Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, 2015
B. Tech, Agricultural and Food Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, 2014
Dec 2021-present: Assistant Professor of Precision Agriculture Technologies and Data Management, Biological Systems Engineering (50% research, 50% extension), Virginia Tech.
May 2021–Dec 2021: Post-Doctoral research associate, Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, Prosser.
Aug 2017–April 2021: Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, Prosser.
May 2015–Feb 2017: Junior Project Officer, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
Biotic and abiotic crop stress management
Remote sensing of crop and soils: ground, aerial, and satellite-based
Internet-of-things enabled cloud and edge computing systems
Machine vision and 3D point cloud data analytics
Variable and alternate spray technologies: ground and aerial
Agricultural machinery systems: autonomous and semi-autonomous
2021 - Finalist, WSU plant science and Corteva symposium
2021 - Graduate Student Leadership Award, CAHNRS, WSU
2021 - ASABE Agricultural Equipment Technology Conference Sponsorship
2020 - Walter and Vinnie Hinz Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Biological Systems Engineering, WSU
2020 - Winner: Digital Ag-Athon, jointly organized by Microsoft and WSU
2020 - Biological Systems Engineering Department Virtual Conference Award
2019 - Water Smart Innovation Conference and Exposition Graduate Student Scholarship
2019 - Alaska Airlines Travel Award
2019 - Biological Systems Engineering Department Travel Award
2010 - Merit-cum-Means (MCM) undergraduate scholarship
The overall goal of my research program is to develop scientifically sound engineering solutions for precision crop management against the evident climate change. The central focus is to realize “farms of the future” with advanced remote sensing of crop and its environment, internet-of-things enabled edge and cloud computing tools to implement management decisions in real/near real time for a range of field and specialty crops.
My extension program focusses on dissemination of knowledge and grower friendly smart farming tools for production agriculture. Aim is to develop smart farm test beds at grower fields and also engage agricultural sensor and data management companies to present real crop production scenarios to the grower. My program also aims to assist growers in rapid selection of tolerant crop cultivars and pertinent management practices through user-friendly precision ag technologies.