On 9th May 2020, IEEE AIUB Student Branch in collaboration with the IEEE Industry Application Society AIUB Student Branch Chapter successfully organized a webinar titled Engineering in Agricultural Industry: Exploring the potentials. Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, when everyone is locked down in their homes, the IEEE AIUB Student Branch organized this webinar through the CISCO WEBEX MEETING platform. The webinar was conducted by Mr. Mashrur H. Shurid, Co-founder & CEO, IPAGE Bangladesh Ltd where he mainly talked about the modern agricultural industry along with the ways of enabling our farmers with precision agriculture technologies and helping them to achieve sustainability through climate-smart approaches. The webinar was inaugurated by Mr. Mashrur Sakib Choyon, Vice-Chairperson (Technical), IEEE AIUB Student Branch who welcomed the participants and guests. He praised every participant on making such a wise decision in utilizing their time by participating in such informative event organized by IEEE AIUB Student Branch in this quarantine period. He then talked about the rules and regulations along with the etiquettes that should be followed by the participants throughout the webinar.
After that, Mr. Mashrur H. Shurid started the session by sharing his educational and professional background along with introducing the topic of the seminar and the issues he was designated to cover. Then Mr. Shurid expressed his intentions to continue conducting live sessions in the future and defined the concept behind agriculture, its origin, and different aspects of it. Mr. Shurid then talked about different areas of agriculture over a different period in time and how agriculture affects the GDP of any country. Later, he gave insight on vertical farming and talked about data science along with how this data is useful in agriculture.
Consequently, he went on to talk about various techniques and distinct types of crop management along with different automation operations. He also talked about different agricultural processes that can improve the environment and elaborately compared traditional agriculture with the modern one. Near the end of his speech, Mr. Shurid briefly discussed the myths about agriculture and then efficiently answered numerous questions from participants. Mr. Shurid concluded his speech by encouraging the participants with insight about huge scopes in the agricultural sector in terms of career opportunities.
The concluding speech was delivered by Shahriar Aqib Khan, Vice-Chairperson (Activity), IEEE AIUB Student Branch; Chairperson, IEEE Industry Application Society AIUB SB Chapter who expressed his wholehearted gratitude towards the honorable speaker and all the participants for their valuable participation in the webinar. Lastly, he concluded by informing the participants about the feedback form that consisted of certain questions, which needed to be answered by the participants in order to be able to receive their certificate of participation. By filling up the feedback form the participants also pointed out the factors where the IEEE AIUB Student Branch can ameliorate in organizing such events in the future. The event was graced by the presence of a total of 88 enthusiastic participants including participants from two foreign countries as well.