Joanna Lopez at the Rising Data Drone Internshipadd
Joanna in her own words...
"This summer I had hands on experience building an RC-Anaconda plane, a miniature version of the Penguin B UAV, which will be used for agricultural applications.
By using drones, we are able to find low cost alternatives for data collection and analysis for farmers. Real time imagery can be acquired for growing crops to maximize yield and profit using thermal and multispectral cameras. I was also able to work on autopilot installations and programming on drones for mapping functions.
This was incredibly valuable as a learning experience both from an academic and personal perspective. Through the research completed, I was exposed to many aspects of engineering fields such as aerospace, mechanical, electrical, computer and agricultural engineering. It also gave me a better understanding of my skill set that I otherwise wouldn’t be exposed to.
Thank you to NASA and the Rising Data Grant for allowing me to work on this project. I would also like to thank Dr. Gregory Kriehn and California State University, Fresno UAS research group for their guidance and patience."
Jeff is an exceptional student. He was the CS Club Vice President in Fall 2017 and President for the Spring 2018 semester. He helped to put together the 2018 Merced College Science Fair. He was the leader for the Merced College Google IgniteCS Program and assisted Buhach Colony High School in implementing Arduino's in their CS classroom. He achieved his Remote Pilot License and assisted Professor Kanemoto in the creation of the Drone Technology class; he not only assisted other students in learning how to solder and program the payloads, but also redesigned the payload to utilize better sensors and rewrote the software. He also won the Best Science Fair Project at the Science Fair with his Drone 3D modeling. He is transferring to UC Merced. Here is a link to Jeff's portfolio webpage: starvec.net