— As far as I know, you have two Alma Maters: one in India and one in the US, am I right?
— Yes, my Bachelor's was in Civil and Environmental spheres. Even then I was very fascinated with water, how it could be used for better growth and so on. Then I did my Master's and Ph.D. focusing on water at Utah State University. We were investigating the ways it interacts with soil and some plants, and how we could manage this interaction sustainably.
— You were a professor at Auburn University and then an associate research professor at the Desert Research Institute. What were your work and research connected with?
— Talking about Auburn, there's this idea of what we call "a plant-soil-water interaction". Whether you're an agricultural or environmental scientist, one of the key subjects is to always try to understand how we can keep this interaction sustainable. My work in Auburn was essentially to understand from a scientist's point of view how soils interact with plants, how plants interact with the atmosphere. For that, I used machine learning, and what we call "crop models"—basically trying to simulate how crops grow. I also worked on sensors, learning how we can use sensors to identify problems in plants. From there, in the Desert Research Institute, I did some work on irrigation sensors. I also worked on the satellite-based analysis of crop growing, which is what OneSoil does.