Seminars & Colloquia
NC State University
"Agriculture Analytics to Decarbonize our Food and Energy Needs"
Monday September 12, 2022 04:30 PM
Location: 2321, Fitts-Woolard Hall NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)
Research in the Intelligent Data for Energy and Agriculture Logistics and Supply Chains (IDEALS) Lab lead by Dr. Jones, aims to improve resource allocation in agricultural food and energy systems through operation research approaches coupled with data science techniques to mitigate missed opportunities in agricultural efficiency, sustainability, and resiliency. This in turn, improves rural economies while reducing negative environmental impacts. This presentation will summarize data-driven research projects at two different scales, at a national and regional level. At a national level, the discussion will revolve around how our agricultural and forest landscape could support a sustainable bioeconomy that decreases our reliance on fossil fuels and reduces climate change while efficiently producing food, feed, fiber, and fuel. At a regional level, the discussion will focus on the challenges of one of the most profitable crops in North Carolina through data collection, processing, storage, management, analysis, visualization, and interpretation paired with stakeholder engagement and how data analytics could increase process efficiency and reduce food waste.
She earned her PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with a concentration on energy systems from Texas A&M University, where she was an Alfred P. Sloan Scholar and received a certificate in Business Management. She received her Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in operations research and a Minor in Mathematics from Mississippi State University. She interned at Idaho National Laboratory and collaborated with multidisciplinary teams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through her work on biofuels and renewable energy. Before this role, she was a postdoctoral associate at Duke University, where she performed quantitative and qualitative research on student interventions and supported programming of educational, career development workshops and community development events for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students in the biosciences.
Host: George Rouskas, CSC