Building an agricultural drone (2013)

The AGCO team’s UAV, with the front open to reveal the interior electronics

Our UAV, with the front open

As a capstone project for my engineering degree from Olin College, I worked with four other students to build and test an autonomous UAV for AGCO Corporation. Our plane and analyses demonstrated the viability of UAVs for use in agricultural surveying and provided a research platform for AGCO’s further use. In the course of our research, we suggested potential profitable applications of agricultural UAVs and identified unsolved problems in the agricultural UAV space.

In addition to contributing to the construction of the plane and financial modeling, I managed the project for one of its two semesters.

Details of the project remain under NDA, but our investigation of UAVs for AGCO is being carried on by later classes of Olin seniors.