UAVs for Answers
Wed, Jul 18, 2018
4:40pm to 5:20pm
Progeny Drone Inc. is a startup based on research conducted by Anthony Hearst and Dr. Katy Rainey in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University. This talk covers major milestones towards the development of the company, including initial research on applications of drones in agriculture, identification of key challenges facing agricultural drone users, development of the technology, customer discovery, and commercialization.
Anthony has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a master’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. He is currently a National Science Foundation Fellow and PhD Candidate in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at Purdue. He has been collecting and processing images from drones for agricultural research since 2013. During this time, he has served as pilot in command for over 100 drone flights and developed software that makes it easy to convert drone imagery into metrics of crop growth and health for research and farm management. He is also CEO of Progeny Drone Inc. - a startup based on his research at Purdue University.