Machinery Systems and Controls
Improving equipment efficiency in terms of energy, labor, and economics, while minimizing negative environmental impacts.
Site-specific control of machinery (to reduce inputs/encourage optimal plant growth):
Determining/Predicting the impact of military vehicles:
- Agricultural tillage
- Chemical application equipment
- Environmental quality of training areas
Control of spraying systems to target pest/nutrient needs
Development of sensors/control of equipment using sensors
Collection/Use of spatial information
- Crop and process yield monitors
- Crop health monitors
- Spray applicators
- Global positioning system (GPS)
- Geographic information system (GIS)
- Agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers
- Electronic instrumentation and control companies
- Manufacturing firms
- Biological production, management, and design companies including agricultural, forest products, nursery, turf, greenhouse, mining
- Agricultural and environmental design and consulting firms
- Bulk product handling, processing, and transport manufacturers
Information & Strategies
- Develop strong knowledge of engineering principles with practical application to design and integrate equipment, sensors, and facilities that handle, process, and control biological materials.
- Seek related experience through co-ops, internships, and part-time jobs.
- Develop strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Learn team and individual design skills.
- Obtain a PhD for optimal teaching and research careers.
- Participate in related clubs and organizations like the student branch of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers to build contacts and cultivate academic interests.