Ultimation Industries is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a college student that has the best idea for improving material handling in vertical or indoor farming systems. The scholarship will be award to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States.
This will be the second time Ultimation has given a scholarship. Vanessa Costa, biology major, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth received the first $1,500 for proposing an energy-efficient system using gravity conveyor rollers and motorized rollers that recaptures the energy and provides power to adjacent motorized rollers.
- The 2021 scholarship will be awarded to a student who can demonstrate innovative ideas and systems for the use of conveyors within vertical farming systems.
- The scholarship is a merit-based award given to the student who submits the most innovative idea in a material handling area selected by the company.
- Conveyors are essential to vertical farming because they can make use of all the available vertical space of a facility and can move plants through automated systems as they grow.