KSU team takes top prizes at national imaging competition

By The Mercury

A two-person team from Kansas State University won Best Overall Project and Employees Choice Video awards at the national Student Infrared Imaging Competition in Melbourne, Florida, June 27-28.

The team of Devin Mangus, master’s student in biological and agricultural engineering, Kanorado, and Huan Wang, doctoral student in agronomy, China, won the third annual competition that allows students to showcase innovative ideas using thermal imaging technologies. The two brought home the $10,000 first prize for their project"Developing a Thermal Imaging System for On-Demand Canopy Temperature Mapping for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAV),” as well as the $1,000 prize for Employees Choice Video.

Ajay Sharda, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering, is faculty adviser for the team and Mangus’ major professor. Vara Prasad,professor of agronomy,is Wang’s major professor.

The project presented by the Kansas State University students is part of the thermal infrared sensing systems research focus within Sharda’s precision agriculture and machine systems group in biological and agricultural engineering, and Prasad’s crop eco-physiology group in the agronomy department.

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