A Colorado State University professor has earned an influential national fellowship that will allow him to work with the U.S. Department of State to shape federal policy on global food security.
Rajiv Khosla, a professor in CSU's Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, will work as a Jefferson Science Fellow in Washington, D.C. for one year starting in August.
Khosla is an international expert n precision agriculture, an emergent field that uses global positioning and other remote sensing technologies to increase food production while protecting the environment. The approach significantly boosts crop yields by tailoring inputs , such as water and fertilizer, to precise and variable needs within a farm field.
"We are delighted that Dr. Khosla has been selected for the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship program," says Rick Miranda, CSU provost and executive vice president. "Not only will he be very valuable to the effort, but following the appointment Colorado State will benefit for years to come from his experience."
Khosla is among 13 university professors nationwide to gain new appointments through the unique program, which draws upon some of the country's best minds in science, engineering and medicine to hone federal policies on a wide range of complex issues.
"You and the other 12 Jefferson Science Fellows in your cohort were chosen from a large number of professors nationwide who are highly accomplished in their fields of science and engineering," William Colglazier, science and technology adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wrote to Khosla in a letter confirming his selection.
"We are confident that you will make significant contributions to the missions of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development during your fellowship year and in the years beyond when you return to your campuses as Jefferson alumni."