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An ME Grad Student Awarded with Yara N. America Almond Fellowship

December 22, 2016

 

Tiebiao Zhao, a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering was recently awarded with 2016-17 Yara North America Almond Fellowship equivalent to a total of $15,000.  

The prestigious Yara North America Almond Fellowship is intended to support UC Merced Ph.D. students. Ideally the awardee’s research is expected to inform agricultural production systems to improve crop yields, particularly in almonds. It will be expected that awardees will present their work to the donor by the end of the academic year.  

Tiebiao Zhao received the B.S. in Automation from Yantai University, China, in 2009, and the M.S. in Automation from University of Science and Technology of China in 2012. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in UC Merced. He is interested in fractional calculus, model predictive control and their applications in industry process control. He is the builder for the gen-4 RIOTS now running on Win 8 MATLAB mex64. Most recently, his focus is on scientific data-drone research within the CPS (cyber-physical systems) framework.