Robert Valek

Owner - Agile Software Consulting
Software Development
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How can our society design, test, and assist with the implementation of diverse, integrated agricultural systems? What conclusions has research settled on, and how can we communicate that to farmers through methods of empowerment and support rather than dictation? If holistic and agroecological research depends heavily on situational context, how can researchers include farmers in the scientific process to both establish stakeholder buy-in and access their contextual knowledge?

These questions attracted me to Iowa State University, where I worked as a a graduate research assistant on the People in Ecosystems Watershed Integration (PEWI) project. PEWI's ability to facilitate both directed and independent learning has the potential to significantly weaken long-standing barriers to sustainable practice adoption, a possibly that provides both excitement and drive to my work. I now own and operate a software consulting company, Agile Software Consulting.

Beyond research and classrooms, I enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, going for walks in the woods, cooking, and playing volleyball and tennis.

Area of Expertise: 
Integrated Agricultural Systems
Human-Landscape Interactions
Software Development
B.S., Computer and Information, University of Maryland University College, 2013
M.S. Information Technology - Project Management, University of Maryland University College, 2013
38 Science II
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