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Spring 2022 Newsletter

Newsletter Highlights:

  • Letter from the Director
    Welcome to the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) for the Internet of Things for Precision Agriculture (IoT4Ag) and our inaugural newsletter. IoT4Ag was established in September 2020, with $26 million in support from the NSF ERC program over the next 5 years. Since then, we have launched 30+ cutting edge research projects spanning from biodegradable sensors to underground wireless power delivery. At the same time, we’ve built online tools to collaborate and advance our research, education, inclusion, and innovation goals and brought agricultural technology skills and experience to hundreds of K12 and university students. As 2022 begins, we are excited to share the Center’s programs across the ERC pillars of convergent research, workforce development, diversity & culture of inclusion, and innovation ecosystem. Read more.
  • Pathway to Ph.D. Program (PPP)
    IoT4Ag offered our first annual Pathway to Ph.D. Program (PPP) virtually on September 25 and 26 to 20+ participants and mentors. PPP is a hands-on, 2-day workshop designed to introduce underrepresented undergraduate students to the graduate school admission process. Read more from our DCI and WFD Pillars.
  • Introducing the Industrial Practioner Advisory Board (IPAB)
    We are pleased to welcome these 24 inaugural members of the IoT4Ag Industrial Practitioner Advisory Board (IPAB). Members of the IPAB represent a range of stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem and value chain for precision agriculture technologies, including both government and commercial organizations. These range from start-ups developing enabling technologies to industry leaders supporting the systems integration of agricultural technologies to government organizations providing the end-user perspective throughout the technology design and development process. Read more about the IPAB.