Dr. Harald Scherm currently holds the position of Professor and Department Head in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia (UGA). He also serves as the coordinator of interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Agricultural Data Science at UGA, a unique program that aims to bridge the gap between the generation, analysis and interpretation of complex data in the agri-food sector.
Scherm previously served two three-year terms as the Assistant Dean for Research in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UGA. He earned an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Sciences from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California-Davis. Following postdoctoral research at Iowa State University, he joined the Department of Plant Pathology at UGA in 1996.
Scherm’s academic training is in the area of botanical epidemiology, with a career-long interest in using data and models to understand and predict plant disease development and spread. For the past 15 years, he has collaborated with engineers at UGA and other institutions on projects and grant proposals related to the use of agricultural technologies in crop production and protection.
Dr. Jaime Camelio is currently the Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia. Previously, he was the Rolls-Royce Commonwealth Professor for Advanced Manufacturing in the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech from 2008-20 and served as Chief Technology Officer at the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) from 2016-19.
Camelio obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of Chile in 1994 and 1995, respectively. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His professional experience includes working as a consultant in the Automotive/Operations Practice at A.T. Kearney Inc. He has extensive experience in operations management in manufacturing environments, including industry 4.0 transformation, digital transformation, production control and lean manufacturing.
Camelio’s research interests are in innovation and technology transfer in academic environments, assembly systems modeling and control, intelligent manufacturing, and cyber-physical security. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 technical papers. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to manufacturing processes, manufacturing systems, and data mining.