Fiona Grant

Fiona is a PhD student mechanical engineering. Her research Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab focuses on designing low-cost, solar-powered drip irrigation systems for small farms in the Middle East, North Africa, and East Africa. Her goal is to improve and expand the optimization design tool for drip irrigation systems, using a modular design tool that facilitates rapid iterations and improvements. In order to identify further cost-saving design configurations, she is working on co-optimizing the system operation scheme with the design of the drip system components. She is using MATLAB to design and test the behavior of an adaptive pump controller that ensures the drip network and pump operating points are optimally paired for minimal power usage throughout the irrigation season. Fiona earned an SB andSM in mechanical engineering from MIT.



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