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Dr. Lav Khot Precision Agriculture

Brief Resume


  • Ph.D. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, North Dakota State University, August 2009
  • M.S. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, August 2006
  • M.Engg. Agricultural systems and Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, August 2004
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Computing, CDAC’s Advanced Computer Training School, Ahmadabad (Ministry of IT, Govt. of India), January 2002
  • B. Tech. Agricultural Engineering, MPKV, Rahuri-India, June 2001

Honors, Awards, Fellowships

  • 2024 Early Career Excellence Award, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • 2024 Team Interdisciplinary Award, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (Perennial Crops Spray Application Technology Team- M. Moyer, G.-A. Hoheisel, L. Khot).
  • 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award, Dr. A.S. College of Agriculture Engineering, MPKV, Rahuri, India
  • 2022 Outstanding Associate Editor, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
  • 2022 National Excellence in Multistate Research Award ‘S1069: Research & Extension for Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ (Technical Committee Chair: Lav Khot).
  • 2021 Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40, Class of 2021, Fruit Growers News (2021)
  • 2019 6th CIGR Agricultural Mechanization Next Leaders Class, Germany. CIGR [International Commission of Agriculture & and Biosystems Engineering]
  • 2018 New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, Washington DC (2018)
  • 2018 Outstanding Reviewer, Biosystems Engineering
  • 2018, 2015 Outstanding Reviewer, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 
  • 2010 Outstanding Reviewer, Information & Electrical Technology Division of ASABE journals
  • 2008 Frank Bain Dissertation Fellowship, North Dakota State University
  • 2003 Special Partial Scholarship, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
  • 1999, 2000 Brihad Bhartiya Samaj Merit-cum-Scholarship Awards during B. Tech. (Agricultural Engineering)

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • International Society for Horticultural Science (Since 2017)
    • Chair, ‘Mechanization, Digitization, Sensing and Robotics Working Group’ (2018-2022)
    • Chair, ‘Precision Horticulture Engineering Working Group’ (2017-2018)
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (Since 2005)
  • Associate Editor, ASABE Transactions
  • Past Chair, ITSC-348 Electromagnetics & Spectroscopy (2019-2021)
  • Past-Chair, Chair, Secretory, ITSC-01/02 Executive Committee (2020-24)
  • Committees: PM54: Precision Agriculture; MS60: Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Agriculture; IET312: Machine vision
  • International Society for Optics and Photonics (Since 2016)
  • International Society of Precision Agriculture (Since 2012)
  • Life Member of Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (Since 2004)
  • Invited Member of Alpha Epsilon Honor Society (2007)
  • Toastmasters International: Competent Communicator (2011)
  • Multi-state Project
    • S-1069: Research & extension for UAS applications in U.S. agriculture and natural resources (Secretary 2019; Chair 2021)
    • NCERA 180: Precision agriculture technologies for food, fiber, and energy production
  • Associate Editor, CABI Agriculture and Bioscience, Springer Nature (Since 2021)

Director, AgWeatherNet

College of Agricultural, Human,
and Natural Resource Sciences
Washington State University
Phone: 509-786-9302

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