Siddharth Gangrade (UC Berkeley, Class of 2022) a civil and environmental engineering major, describes his work with the Fall 2019 Data Science Discovery Program:
"I'm working with Mercy Corps to create a tool that can assess the health of small farms across Sub-Saharan Africa using remote sensing imagery (e.g., satellite pictures). The goal for Mercy Corps is to be able to understand the agricultural conditions in areas in which they operate without having to directly ask the farmers or visit the sites.
I also hope to learn about working on a data science team and managing that dynamic, especially as consultants for a nonprofit.
In the end, I hope we can arrive at a product that shows hope for being useful in agricultural applications and ultimately benefits the operations of Mercy Corps for the greater purpose of making sustainable agriculture a reality across the globe. I also hope to learn about working on a data science team and managing that dynamic, especially as consultants for a nonprofit."