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Congratulations, Ed and Uttara!

Submitted by Kris Boone,

Congratulations to Ed Nangle and Uttara Samarkoon, who were both promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Uttara is the coordinator of the Greenhouse and Nursery Management AAS program. Her research focuses on developing sustainable crop production technology for ornamentals and hydroponic vegetables in controlled environment agriculture. Current research focus on developing sustainable production techniques for hydroponic food crop production. via nutrient optimization, substrate selection and diversification of hydroponic crops. She organizes an annual workshop for K-12 teachers to provide training in greenhouse management and to integrate CEA education into the school curriculum.

Ed is coordinator of the Turfgrass Equipment Manager certificate program. His area of interest in research is plant pigment analysis.