UC Davis Collaborators

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Assistant Professor Jin, Yufang 

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources

Research

Improving the ecological monitoring capabilities to provide data-driven information for sustainable agriculture and natural resource management by primarily uses satellite and aerial remote sensing observations to study the climate-water-ecosystem nexus. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Professor Stephen K. Robinson

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research

UAV aerodynamic, configuration, and control system design for human health and safety applications, including atmospheric sensing, operator training and human interface, and system failure recognition/recovery.

 

 

 

 

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Assistant Professor Christian Nansen

Department of Entomology and Nematology

Research

Insect Pest Management; research is focused around four basic themes: 1) better understanding of host selection by insect herbivores, 2) reflectance-based detection of herbivore-induced stress in crops, 3) pesticide performance, and 4) use of imaging technology in a wide range of research applications.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cooperative Extension Specialist Daniele Zaccaria

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources

Research

Agricultural water management, irrigation, agriculture, fruit and nut trees, environment and natural resources, working with airborne platforms on my pistachio and citrus projects.


 

 

 

 

 

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Assistant Professor Xiaoguang "Leo" Liu

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

Research

Reconfigurable high frequency devices, components, particularly tunable filters, matching networks; High efficiency and high power amplifiers, oscillators, frequency synthesizers; Millimeter-wave synthetic imaging systems; High frequency communication; radar systems application in biomedical, societal, and environmental                           applications.




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Assistant Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist Samuel Sandoval Solis

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources

Research

Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM); develop new techniques, design policies to improve water management; analyze  current regulations, infrastructure, environment of basins, recommend actions improving water supply of present, future societal water demands while maintaining the range of hydrologic variation necessary to preserve the  ecological and environmental integrity of the basin.




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Professor Geoff Schladow

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Director of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Research

Physical Limnology, Sensor Networks, Fluid Mechanics and Water Quality.





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Professor and Chair Nina Amenta

Department of Computer Science
Director of the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization at UC Davis

Research

Computer algorithms for capturing, processing and interpreting three-dimensional data, including surface reconstruction and machine learning from three-dimensionsional point distributions.


 

 

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Assistant Professor Zhaodan Kong 

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research

Bio-inspired engineering, control and dynamical systems, human-machine systems, robotics, cyber-physical systems, networked systems, complex data analysis, and machine learning.



 

 

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           Professor Pasternack, Gregory B.

           Department of Land, Air and Water Resources

           Research

           Use of UAVs for studying Earth’s landforms and physical habitats  as well as              how they change through time.

 

 

 

 

 

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          Professor Cristina Davis

           Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

           Research

          Chemical and biological sensing applications, use of technology to speed                   biomarker discovery, novel bioMEMS devices, and bioinformatics                               interpretation of sensor output.







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Professor Nesrin Sarigul-Klijn

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research

Finite element methods, aerospace structures, aeroelasticity, biomechanics, and vibro-acoustics.

 

 

 

 

 

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Professor Ken Giles

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Research

Spray applications, including pesticide spraying and industrial spray coatings. Reduction of spray drift and environmental contamination.




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Professor and Chair Case van Dam

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research

Aerodynamics including design and optimization; aircraft design; experimental and computational fluid dynamics; wind energy; aerodynamics of wind turbines; aerodynamic load control for aircraft and wind turbine rotors.





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Professor Shrinivasa K. Upadhyaya

Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Research

Precision agriculture or SSCM, Sensor development, Instrumentation, Machinery design, Variability and mapping, GIS, Mathematical Modeling of biological and physical processes, Soil dynamics, Tillage, Traction, Soil compaction, and Infiltration and irrigation management.





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Professor Chris van Kessel

Department of Plant Sciences

Research

Agronomy, soil fertility, nutrient cycling, cropping systems, international agriculture.


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Professor Jay Lund

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director of the Center for Watershed Sciences

Research

Systems analysis in water resources and environment planning and management.





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Assistant Professor Brett Milligan

Department of Human Ecology

Research

Landscape architecture, urbanism, environmental restoration, regional environmental planning, regenerative infrastructure, industrial ecology, dredge landscapes, landscape modeling and mapping, citizen science, theory of landscape change.


 

 

 

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    Program Advisor Robert Stewart

    Department of Plant Sciences

    Research

    Seed Programs






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Professor and Chair Michael Parella

Department of Entomology

Research

Fundamental and applied studies, with the intent of using the knowledge gained to develop IPM/biological control strategies for the environmental horticulture industry. This includes floriculture, nursery and bedding plant operations and landscape plants in the urban environment.






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Assistant Professor Dr.-Ing. Barbara S. Linke

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research

Manufacturing technologies, sustainable and energy-efficient manufacturing processes, grinding and other abrasive machining technologies, home-scale 3D printing, surface engineering for aesthetic metal parts, structural components, food processing equipment, automotive and aerospace parts, biomedical components, and more.






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Professor David Horsley

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research

Micro-electromechanical Systems (MEMS), design and manufacturing of microfabricated sensors and actuators, mechatronics and control systems.



 

 

 

 

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Professor Jean VanderGheynst

Department Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Research

Transformation, decomposition and conversion of plant biomass to products. Plants include dedicated crops and algae, food processing residues and urban and agricultural wastes.





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Associate Professor Valeria La Saponara

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research

Impact of hygro-thermo-mechanical-chemical stimuli on the durability of composites for aerospace, naval, and civil applications; crashworthiness improvements; nondestructive testing and structural health monitoring; destructive testing (under impact, static, fatigue and compression loading); galvanic corrosion study of GFRP and CFRP coupled with metals. 




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Professor Edwin Lewis

Department of Entomology and Nematology
Associate Dean for Agricultural Sciences

Research

To understand why and how organisms find, recognize, assess and exploit resources. Questions about how insects and nematodes make decisions about resource utilization and what the fitness outcomes of the decisions are. 


 

 

 

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Professor Randy Dahlgren

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources

Research

Interactions of hydrological, geochemical, and biological processes in regulating surface and ground water chemistry. 


 

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Corporate Extension Specialist Bruce Linquist

Department of Plant Sciences

Research

Developing sustainable, efficient nutrient management for rice, maintain, increase yields; reduce water use; water quality; greenhouse gas emissions mitigation; assessment of heavy metals in rice; crop development.



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Area Agronomy Advisor Mark Lundy

Department of

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