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Atlantic Cape Visiting Professor to Teach Courses that Use Drones in Agriculture

January 6, 2017

Atlantic Cape Community College will welcome Peter Oudemans, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers University, as the Beacons by the Sea Visiting Professor for the spring semester.

Dr. Oudemans is stationed at the Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension Center in Chatsworth where his research tackles problems in the biology and control of fungal diseases of blueberries and cranberries. His research uses such tools as remote sensing and geographic information system methodologies to detect, map, quantify and track plant pathogens.

During his visit, Oudemans will serve as an adjunct instructor in the Information Systems and Aviation Department, teaching two courses: Special Topics in Information Technology – Applying Technology in Agriculture and Remote Sensing Using Unmanned Aircraft Systems. In the Special Topics course, students will learn the basics of scouting for and solving agricultural problems on commercial farms. Students will engage in fieldwork with a limited use of drones.

The Remote Sensing course will introduce students to using unmanned aerial systems to gain information about the earth’s surface. Students will learn to analyze drone data and will engage in fieldwork using unmanned aerial systems to collect data for analysis and geospatial processing.

Oudemans, who holds a doctorate from the University of California, serves as the Rutgers University Cooperative Research and Extension Program Leader for Precision Agriculture and Natural Resources Management at Cook College.

These courses will meet at the college’s Mays Landing campus, located at 5100 Black Horse Pike. For more details about these courses or paid internships in agriculture  technology, drones or geographic information systems, text James Taggart, professor of Computer Information Systems at Atlantic Cape Community College, at 609-892-9909 or email him at jtaggart@atlantic.edu.

The visiting professor program is funded by the Atlantic Cape Foundation and Beacons by the Sea, a public arts and fundraising project that placed artist-decorated lighthouses in prominent locations throughout New Jersey’s Atlantic and Cape May counties in 2003. Other visiting scholars have included an astronomer, a poet, a judge and a veteran broadcaster.