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Active Learning Projects in a Minority Serving Land Grant University Address Engineering Challenges in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Stewardship

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Developing Young MINDS in Engineering: Part I

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Minorities in Engineering

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22.4.1 - 22.4.11

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Abhijit Nagchaudhuri is a Professor in the Department of Engineering and Aviation Sciences at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Dr. Nagchaudhuri is a member of ASME and ASEE professional societies and is actively involved in teaching and research in the fields of engineering mechanics, robotics, systems and control, design of mechanical and mechatronic systems, precision agriculture and remote sensing. Dr. Nagchaudhuri received his bachelors degree from Jadavpur University in Calcutta, India with a honors in Mechanical Engineering in 1983, thereafter, he worked in a multinational industry for four years before joining Tulane
University as a graduate student in the fall of 1987. He received his M.S. degree from Tulane University in 1989 and Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 1992.

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Emin Yilmaz University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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Emin Yilmaz is a Professor of Engineering Technology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan in Nuclear Engineering. He is a heavy user of computers in courses and in his research. He developed and taught several laboratory courses in engineering and engineering technology. He is a registered professional engineer. Email:

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Craig Daughtry

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Geoffrey Bland NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Wallops Flight Facility

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Madhumi Mitra University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

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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.

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