Innovation is exciting—and necessary. In ACES we focus on innovation not for its own sake, but to affect the way we live and work. Using science to stretch the frontiers of knowledge, we create new technologies, develop new processes, and change paradigms across a range of disciplines—food and agricultural systems, natural resources and the environment, human activities and health, energy and biological systems, and more. Research findings often lead to applications that were never anticipated, in areas that create entirely new opportunities.
ACES scientists merge expertise from multiple specialties to master problems in novel and multifaceted ways like combining pioneering biology with engineering principles to apply nanotechnology to animal and crop production.
Imagination breeds innovation in ACES, ranging from engineering and technology to biological and environmental systems, to natural and managed processes. We are advancing society’s pathways to progress as new ideas continually come to life in ACES.
The need for sustainable food production is a key societal challenge. Food production must double by 2050 while drastically reducing agriculture’s environmental impacts. To provide solutions to our current dilemma, Dr. Maria Villamil has developed an integrated research, teaching, and outreach program in sustainable cropping systems that deals with the necessary components of boosting the productivity of current farms, quantifying the environmental and social impacts of current and new agricultural strategies and tools, and improving the efficiency of agronomic inputs. Villamil uses advanced statistical methods to assist in the identification, quantification, and solution of problems at the agronomic-environmental-social interface.