Biological Systems Engineering Department
Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems
IAREC – Washington State University
Phone: (509) 786-9208
Dr. Karkee was born and raised in the mid hills of the Himalayan country of Nepal, some 400 km east of the capital city Kathmandu. After completing
high school in his village, he moved to Kathmandu for his Associate and Undergraduate degrees. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering in 2002 from Tribhuvan University, then moved to Bangkok, Thailand to attend Asian Institute of Technology where he earned his Master’s Degree in Remote Sensing and GIS. Dr. Karkee then spent the next five years in Ames, Iowa working on his doctoral research and education, earning his PhD in Agricultural Engineering and Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University in 2009.
Dr. Karkee joined Washington State University (WSU) in 2010 where he leads a strong research program in agricultural automation and mechanization area with a particular emphasis on machine vision and sensing technologies for agricultural automation and robotics. He has been working on numerous sponsored projects in this area, including apple crop load estimation, apple and cherry harvesting, fruit tree and berry bush pruning, water and nutrient stress monitoring, and tropical biomass harvesting. Dr. Karkee has been actively publishing in such journals as ‘Journal of Field Robotics’, ‘Computers and Electronics in Agriculture’, ‘Biosystems Engineering’ and ‘The Transactions of ASABE’ and has frequently presented in national and international conferences. Dr. Karkee currently serves as an Associate Editor of ‘Transactions of the ASABE’ and ‘Applied Engineering in Agriculture’.
In his personal life, Dr. Karkee enjoys spending time with his family, singing Nepali songs, reading and writing literature and playing sports including Volleyball and Badminton.