Crawford, Love, and Allen recognized for research excellence


Several IoT4Ag faculty members have been recently recognized for their achievements, contributions and leadership in their fields:


Melba Crawford, professor in Civil Engineering at Purdue University, was awarded the 2023 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Mildred Dresselhaus Medal for her leadership and advancements in remote sensing technology. Crawford’s contributions to the field have enhanced the grasp as well as heightened the ability of those in the field to tackle the obstacles of the present and future such as natural disasters, climate change, and environmental degradation. Her group’s most recent work published in IEEE explores the impacts of nitrogen use on predicted maize yields using hyperspectral and LiDAR remote sensing. Crawford serves in a unique position as IoT4Ag’s Systems Integrator. In this role, she supports the convergent research processes for system/project definition, design, development, and deployment to ensure IoT4Ag delivers on our vision and mission.


David J. Love, professor at Purdue University in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Research Thrust Co-Leader for IoT4Ag, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Love is being honored for his work in signal processing and communications. Check out his recent research in Challenges and Opportunities of Future Rural Wireless Communications, along with IoT4Ag researchers Yaguang Zhang, James V. Krogmeier, and Dennis Buckmaster. Their work explores obstacles of expanding broadband access in rural areas, an essential element in “closing the social media gap” and advancing agricultural technologies.


Mark Allen, who serves as Love’s IoT4Ag Co-Leader and professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Electrical and Systems Engineering. Allen has been elected to the National Academies of Engineering for his “contributions to the technology and commercialization of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) for health care.” Allen’s recent IoT4Ag research on high-energy-density zinc–air microbatteries has been published in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces alongside IoT4Ag researchers Jingwen Zhang, Yanghang Huang, and Sue Ann Bidstrup Allen. Their work advances microbattery technologies, which are critical power sources for microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based sensors and actuators that could be deployed in agriculture.



Congratulations Melba, David, and Mark!