Dr. Raj Khosla
Dr. Raj Khosla joined the department in January as the new department head. For the past 21 years, Khosla was on the faculty in the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences at Colorado State University, where he lead a thriving, globally recognized research, teaching and extension program in precision agriculture.
Khosla holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in soil fertility & crop management and soil physics, respectively, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences from the University of Allahabad.
He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, Soil and Water Conservation Society, and an Honorary Life Fellow of the International Society of Precision Agriculture. He is a highly sought and frequent speaker at national and international conferences and symposia.
In 2011, Khosla was appointed to membership for NASA’s Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing to work on space-based GPS policy for the United States. He was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences in 2012 and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor to the U.S. Department of State. In 2015, he was recognized as the Precision Ag Educator of the Year, a national honor bestowed by the agricultural industry.