Speaker Bio


Dr. Joe Mari Maja

Dr. Joe Mari Maja

Research Sensor Engineer, Clemson University

Joe is an Assistant Professor and Research Sensor Engineer at Clemson University’s Agricultural Sciences Department, Edisto Research and Education Center.

In his current position as a Research Sensor Engineer at Edisto REC, Joe oversees the Sensor and Automation Laboratory. A major focus of his programmatic effort has been on emerging technologies, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) and robotics. These collective efforts attempt to merge unmanned systems with other appropriate technologies to benefit a variety of agricultural disciplines. As a result of his background & pioneering research efforts with sUAS, he was honored to be selected by Dr. George Askew as the UAV pilot for Clemson University.

Over the past three years, he has actively participated in the eXtension UAS in Agriculture Learning Network and the Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC) sUAS workshops for agricultural producers. He has also met frequently with producers who want to implement sUAS into their agricultural operations. In the past two years, he has co-authored three Extension publications on sUAS, one of which was awarded a regional Blue Ribbon Extension Publication Award in 2018. To assist stakeholders in understanding technology topics, he has created 22 YouTube tutorials and two manuals ranging from the use of sUAS, sensors, and software.