Students & Project Support

Thanks to our amazing team for all of their contributions!
Our transdisciplinary team of students and support staff working together in the areas of horticulture, economics, engineering and data management at the University of Georgia, Cornell University, Rutgers’ University, Colorado State University and Utah State University.

Current Contributors

Theekshana (TC) Jayalath
Research Technician & PhD Student
coPI van Iersel, UGA Horticulture
Maria Twedt
LAMP Project Manager
coPI van Iersel, UGA Horticulture
Changhyeon Kim
PhD GRA
coPI van Iersel, UGA Horticulture
Jun Liu
PhD GRA
coPI van Iersel, UGA Horticulture
Reeve Legendre
PhD GRA
coPI van Iersel, UGA Horticulture
Sahand Mosharafian
PhD GRA
coPI Velni, UGA Electrical Engineering
Amanda Olbrick Marabesi
PhD GRA
coPI Kelsey, Impact Evaluation
Qi Li
PhD GRA
coPI Song, UGA Computer Engineering
Nathan (Nate) Eylands
PhD GRA
coPI Mattson, Cornell Horticulture
Paul Kusuma
PhD GRA
coPI Bugbee, USU Horticulture
Farzana Lubna
PhD GRA
coPI Both, Rutgers Agricultural Engineering
Jiaqi (Darren) Xia
PhD GRA
coPI Mattson, Cornell Horticulture
Brendan Fatzinger
PhD GRA
coPI Bugbee, USU Horticulture
Micheal Ilardi
MS GRA
coPI Lawrence, UGA Mechanical Engineering.
Laura Reese
MS GRA
coPI van Iersel, UGA Horticulture
Shirin Afzali
MS GRA
coPI Velni, UGA Electrical Engineering
Ruqayah Bhuiyan
MS GRA
coPI van Iersel, UGA Horticulture
Tony Pham
MS GRA
coPI Haidekker, UGA Electrical Engineering
Dalton Croy
MS Business Analytics candidate
coPIs Boudreau & Watson, UGA MIS
Andres Mayorga-Gomez
MS GRA
coPI van Iersel, UGA Horticulture
Bochen Ma
Undergraduate Student
coPI Haidekker, UGA Electrical Engineering

Past Contributors

Shane Palmer, MS
UGA Horticulture. coPI van Iersel.
Thesis: Photoperiodic effects on growth, photosynthesis, and biomass allocation in leafy vegetables in controlled environments
Claudia Elkins, MS
Horticulture. coPI van Iersel.
Thesis: Evaluation of different lighting strategies used to improve efficiencies in plant growth for controlled environment agriculture
Kyle Bowers, PhD
Postdoc Research Associate coPI Kelsey, Agricultural Leadership.
Research focus: impact evaluation efforts in transdisciplinary research.
Shuyang Zhen, PhD
Postdoc Researcher. coPI Bugbee, USU Horticulture.
Research focus: canopy photosynthesis, lighting optimization for food crops in CEA.
Charles (CJ) Best, MS
Business Analytics. coPIs Boudreau/Watson, UGA.
Project focus: lighting calculator development and forecast solar radiation data.
Geoff Weaver, PhD
Horticulture. coPI van Iersel, UGA.
Dissertation: Lighting control strategies for improved photochemical efficiency in controlled-environment agriculture.
Matthew Clutter, MS
Agricultural Economics. coPI Campbell, UGA.
Thesis: An economic assessment of dynamic LED supplemental lighting installations in greenhouse production.
Joanna Wilford, MBT
Business & Technology, coPIs Boudreau/Watson, UGA.
Project focus: information systems management for CEA lighting calculator.

Danielle Awon, MS
Electrical Engineering. coPI Haidekker, UGA.
Research focus: linear feedback controls for imaging in CEA.
Anna Cutadal, MBT
MIS/Business & Technology, coPIs Boudreau/Watson, UGA.
Project focus: information systems management for CEA lighting calculator.

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