Undergraduate mechatronic engineer Joseph Modolo is using his software and robotics skills to give macadamia farmers the technology to accurately count and map their crops
Joseph is studying third-year Mechatronic Engineering at QUT part-time while working at AgTech startup Corematic. He’s using his problem solving, software and technical skills to engineer a system that uses computer vision to count the nuts produced by macadamia trees.
This helps farmers adjust water and fertiliser for the best crop yield. Corematic has also helped find smarter ways to harvest sweet potatoes, and reduce waste from sugar cane crops.
“Agriculture has a lot more unknowns than a warehouse,” Joseph says.
Joseph is no stranger to getting his hands dirty. Before he enrolled in his degree at QUT, he spent over 10 years as a mechanic.
“I was more interested in understanding how things worked than fixing cars,” he says.
“Employers want to know what you do outside of uni. That shows your true character,” he says.
Joseph’s study and career pathway
- Vehicle Mechanic, Reliable Automatics and Automotive
- Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation), QUT
- Executive, Aerospace Society, QUT
- Undergraduate Mechanical Engineer, Corematic
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Author: Nadine Cranenburgh
Nadine is an electrical and environmental engineer who works as a freelance writer and editor. She loves creating articles and content about exciting and complex technology.