Controlled environment agriculture expert to speak at Penn State Altoona

Gene Giacomelli will speak at Penn State Altoona from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Misciagna Family Center for Performing Arts. He will also offer an open and interactive forum with students in the Slep Fireside Lounge from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Giacomelli is a professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering at the University of Arizona, Tuscon. He is also director of the college’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center, which develops an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agricultural option. Controlled environment agriculture is defined as an integrated science and engineering-based approach to provide specific environments for plant productivity while optimizing resources including water, energy, space, capital and labor. 

Giacomelli has collaborated around the world for more than 30 years, developing sustainable methods of growing food to feed the world, as well as designing growing chambers for produce to sustain research teams at the South Pole. He also worked on the creation of prototype greenhouse for NASA to grow food on the moon and Mars.

This event is sponsored by Penn State Altoona’s Divisions of Arts & Humanities, Business & Engineering, and Math & Natural Sciences along with Environmental Studies, the Honors Program, Liberal Arts Studies and Agricultural & Women’s Studies.

Last Updated January 09, 2015