I serve as George Washington Carver Endowed Chair and Professor-in-Charge of the Carver Scholarships and Academy in pursuant of Iowa State’s commitment to transformative research, teaching and outreach in the plant and soil sciences. My position is dedicated to the memory of George Washington Carver who was born into slavery, but went on to become one of the most prominent scientists and inventors of his time, and one of Iowa State’s most accomplished graduates. This position honors his commitment to create a nurturing environment for students regardless of gender, social status, class, or race.
I have a passion for introducing students from various disciplines to soil science and soil management. I teach soil science courses for agronomists, horticulturists, those who plan to apply soil science in managing urban development, and students who just have a keen interest in it. My goal is to lay a foundation for their quest to develop sustainable natural resource management systems. I do this through a student-centered instructional approach that puts students in charge of their own learning.
My research agenda focuses on pedology and remote sensing. I have developed an unmanned aerial systems research initiative for precision agriculture, landscape dynamics, soil digital mapping, and assessment of urban pollution. My research activities aim to advance drone technology applications in agriculture and environment and natural resources management in the U.S. and in the developing world.