RAVEN Industries Inc. announced a commitment to open a research development center within The Research Park at South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, S.D.
Raven and SDSU will collaborate to engineer new precision agriculture technologies that help farmers grow more food to feed an expanding world population — a critical mission for Raven's Applied Technology Division.
Initially, Raven plans to hire two full-time positions and six part-time intern positions in the areas of engineering, agronomy and agribusiness to conduct research and, ultimately, commercialize new products.
Raven and SDSU have had a long-term relationship through classroom and lab activities and have also worked closely on talent recruitment. For example, SDSU faculty and students recently worked with Raven to design a multi-hybrid planter control solution — the first of its kind in the industry.
"We are excited to connect industry-leading faculty and top-caliber students from a renowned land-grant university with a global technology leader," said Matt Burkhart, vice president and general manager of the Raven Applied Technology Division. "This is a great opportunity to help solve the challenge of feeding the world and at the same time support South Dakota's higher education while proliferating the 'Silicon Prairie.'"
Lewis Brown, dean of the SDSU Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering, added, "Raven's center in the Research Park is a win-win. Our engineering students will contribute directly to the development of advanced technology within a business environment. This is unique and unmatched."