Kendra Goblirsch 2017-08-30 01:20:57
South Dakota State University, Ag Systems Technology, B.S., 2018 Hometown: Redwood Falls, Minnesota Enjoys: Fishing, hiking, biking, bodybuilding Want to learn and earn? Check out the job possibilities in the ag department! I am employed by SDSU and work in the ag engineering shop where I assist with prepping for labs, co-designing side projects, and preparing for projects that involve woodworking or welding. Being employed by the school and working in the ag systems department has allowed me to make connections with many staff members and students in related programs. I work with two other students in the shop with one main goal: to increase hands-on learning in class. We are exposed to new technology every day through our preparations. I assisted with installing a few Raven field computers and auto-steer in the eight Kubota side-by-sides we use for labs. Before this job, I had no idea how the technologies worked together! I am presented with projects where I am challenged to do research and ask the right questions in order complete the projects. Once the work is done and a project is complete, I have a sense of confidence and the ability to pass on my new skills and knowledge to others—from designing and understanding how to construct an augmented reality sandbox to making a small-scale model of a saturated buffer strip! After learning a few geographic information systems and working with raw yield data from a combine monitor, I learned to create yield potential and prescription maps. I knew then I was in the right major! I really enjoy working with data to create NIR maps, too, and studying aerial imagery as well. Technology is advancing and changing every day, and it’s making a huge impact on ag. When these technologies are applied correctly, we have the ability to achieve higher efficiencies and reduce inputs while increasing output. And sometimes, it all starts in a lab. Talk about making a big difference for the future!
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