WSU scientists to share research at upcoming Honoring Undergraduate and Graduate Scholars Symposium

Scientists at WSU IAREC will share their research alongside Heritage University undergraduate students during the Honoring Undergraduate and Graduate Scholars Symposium on March 31. The event, set to take place on the Heritage University campus in Toppenish, Washington, represents an ongoing alliance between the two universities while helping WSU graduate students improve their mentoring skills.

A stereo camera works in a cherry orchard.

Automated drones could scare birds off agricultural fields

A WSU research team has developed a systems where cameras could spot birds feeding on fruit and launch drones to drive off the avian irritants. All without human interference.

A drone hovers over a green vineyard with mountains in the background.

Opportunities that soar: Biological Systems Engineering earns top ranking

They’re piloting drones over Washington vineyards, turning wood waste into jet fuel, and deploying thermal cameras to breed crops that resist drought. Their ideas launch businesses, transform agriculture and help feed a growing planet. That’s why U.S. News and World Report recognized the WSU Biological Systems Engineering (BSE) program, ranking it 14th in the nation […]

Food engineering graduate Nydia Munoz works in the lab.

WSU Extension 4-H Receives $50,000 Grant for Robotics: Teens Learn to Plan, Problem Solve, Design

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Extension 4-H has been awarded a $50,000 grant from National 4-H Council and JC Penney to develop a multi-county robotics project. WSUE 4-H was one of five sites selected throughout the country in the continuing effort to educate youth in the areas of science, engineering, and technology through hands-on […]

‘Fruitbots’ Could Save Growers Money, Create High-tech Jobs

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Advancements in the mechanization of farm equipment are reducing labor costs, increasing efficiency, and improving profits for area growers of specialty crops. Specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, including Washington’s largest crops, apples, grapes, and potatoes) make up a $45 billion per year industry characterized by the need for intensive cultivation. But […]