June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Minorities in Engineering
22.4.1 - 22.4.11
Active Learning Projects in a Minority Serving Land Grant University Address Engineering Challenges in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental StewardshipAbstractThis paper provides an overview of student activities during 2010 summer and beyond inprojects titled Aerial Imaging and Remote Sensing for Precision Agriculture and EnvironmentalStewardship (AIRSPACES) and Environmentally Conscious Precision Agriculture: A Platformfor Active Learning and Community Engagement led by the primary author. The paper highlightsthe kite aerial photography (KAP), remote controlled/autonomous instrumented boat (Aquabot),and optical sensor based nitrogen management efforts. Kite Aerial Photography (KAP), and theRemote Controlled Boat (Aquabot) endeavors were inspired by the remote sensing andenvironmental run-off monitoring facets of the ongoing “Precision Agriculture (PA)” project.The KAP and Aquabot projects were initiated by the NASA support for the Minority ServingInstitute Partnership (MSIP) program in 2009 summer. Sustained involvement of students toaddress engineering challenges for sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship hasbeen facilitated by continued support from Maryland Space Grant Consortium/NASA and UnitedStates Department of Agriculture (USDA). The faculty and staff from programs in NaturalSciences, Agriculture, Aviation Sciences, Engineering, and Technology have partneredeffectively in these multi-disciplinary undertakings. Active collaborations and campus visits ofscientists and engineers at the USDA and NASA have not only promoted project goals, but alsoopened pathways for career opportunities and professional development for participatingstudents and faculty respectively.
Nagchaudhuri, A., & Yilmaz, E., & Daughtry, C., & Bland, G., & Mitra, M. (2011, June), Active Learning Projects in a Minority Serving Land Grant University Address Engineering Challenges in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Stewardship Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17278
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