Not many people can say they helped make history in their first job, but Ron Bliesner ’11 BS, ’13 MS, is one of those few.
General Electric recently released a series of commercials that repaints the 123-year-old industrial company as an innovative, fresh place to work for young computer scientists and programmers. GE’s wants to be viewed as the world’s premier digital industrial company, and Patrick Williams would like to do the same thing for agriculture. » More …
Farming of the future will be data-driven, and Washington State University is helping shape that future.
As the world population grows and demands on our natural resources increase, producing more food more efficiently is a top global priority. Converging that need with advancements in robotics, sensors, satellites and data analysis puts agriculture into the Internet of Things – a world connected by sensors and data processing that leads to more informed decision making. Applying these technologies to farming, often referred to as precision agriculture or agtech, will help farmers produce more crops with more efficient use of land, water and fertilizer. » More …
Corinna Cisneros did not take her decision to pursue engineering lightly. As a single working mom going to community college full time, she wanted to be sure that more time in school would land her in a fulfilling career.
At Tacoma Community College, Cisneros excelled in math and worked as a tutor and supplemental instructor. Her plan originally was to pursue teaching, but co-workers recognized her potential for engineering and recommended she consider the field. After diligent research exploring the profession, this first generation college student set her sights on a bachelor’s program at Washington State University, a move that would mean two more years of school.
“I wanted to show my daughter that education is important,” Cisneros said, “that no matter how much money you have, whether you’re dirt poor and have family support or not, that getting your education is achievable.”
For the second year, WSU is supporting researchers in moving innovations from the lab to the marketplace through the Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF). The CGF program provides financial assistance to advance technologies that are at the end stage of research, but require additional development before entering the marketplace.