Students and faculty members
in the Department of Industrial Technology at California State
University, Fresno recently were awarded three prizes at the 2008
American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineers District 4
meeting in Tulare.
Twelve students attended the conference and three of them – Nick
Simonian, Diganta Adhikari and Harvinder Singh – spoke about their
research conducted at Fresno State.
Dr. Balaji Seth presented the keynote speech on “Geospatial Technology
for Agriculture and Future Potential in Central Valley California.” The
students were also accompanied by department chair Dr. Matthew Yen and
part time faculty member Dr. Mohan Chaudhari.
More than 120 students, industry professionals and staff members from
the federal and state agency levels voted on the posters presented
during the presentations, which were given by undergraduate and graduate
students at University of California, Davis; Butte College; Cal Poly,
San Luis Obispo; and Modesto Junior College.
The winning presentations from Fresno State were:
First place, graduate
poster – “Unmanned Aerial Vehicle for Precision Agriculture” –
Authors are Simonian, Seth, Darnell Austin, Premchand Mahalik and
undergraduate poster – “Geospatial Wine Grape Quality Modeling for
Optimum Sampling Sites Estimation - Preliminary Study” – Authors are
Singh, Seth, Sivakumar Sachidhanantham and Robert Wample.
Second place, graduate
poster – “Feasibility of a Micro Drip SCADA System to Mitigate Crop
Freeze Damage” – Authors are Adhikari, Seth and Yen.
For more information about
the Department of Industrial Technology, call 559.278.2145.
(Copy by University Communications
student-intern Megan Jacobsen.)