Josh grew up in central Kentucky, with an interest in agriculture and machinery. This influenced his studies in school, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Kentucky in 2014. He also gained work experience as an undergraduate researcher, assisting with biomass logistics studies and autonomous agricultural vehicle design. During his time at UK, he also completed two engineering internships, with Clark Material Handling Company based in Lexington, Kentucky, and Case New Holland Industrial, in New Holland, Pennsylvania.
Currently, Josh is working on his Master’s at the University of Wisconsin – Madison focusing on forage harvest logistics, to be completed in 2016. His research is being conducted at a commercial dairy in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Josh’s studies are focused in the areas of precision agriculture, with an emphasis on Controller Area Networks (CAN) and “big data” collection. Upon graduating, he plans to either continue his studies for a terminal degree, or work in industry.
Ryan grew up in western Wisconsin. Interested in large machinery and off-road vehicles, Ryan decided to pursue a B.S. in Machinery Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he is currently expecting to graduate in December of 2016. To gain professional experience prior to graduation, Ryan took a semester off from school to work as a Mechanical Design Engineering Intern for seven months (Jan. 2015 – Aug. 2015) at Oxbo International in Clear Lake, Wisconsin. At Oxbo International, he gained experience in combine harvester design.
Currently, Ryan is working as a Precision Agriculture Intern under Dr. Brian Luck at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is tasked with the projects of retrofitting an AgLeader auto-steering system to a Kubota brand UTV. He also spends a large portion of his time at the University owned Arlington Agricultural Research Station where he is creating virtual field boundaries for each individual field in effort to allow for more precise application to take place from field to field. Upon graduating, Ryan plans to pursue a design engineering position in industry.
Natalie is originally from Orange, California. She received a BA in International Studies from UW-Madison. Since graduating in 2009, she has managed a vineyard, worked at an agricultural research station, an agri-tech startup and in consulting.
Natalie is pursuing an M.S. in Entomology. She is working with Dr. Brian Luck and Dr. Shawn Steffan (Entomology) on the mechanized application SPLAT, a pheromone-infused wax used for mating disruption in cranberry marshes.