February 17, 2017

We can all agree that growing our own fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money and maintain a healthy diet. So why isn't gardening more popular?

Time, explains recent graduate Miku White. Gardening is a time-consuming activity and requires effort to maintain a desirable environment. This is why gardening may not be for everyone, especially for people who are busy or who are often away from home.

White wanted to address this time barrier in a meaningful way, so she dedicated her Systems Engineering capstone project to coming up with a solution that could make gardening possible for more people.

In her final presentation, she proposes the Automated-Greenhouse Climate-Controlled Eco System. It's a home garden system that incorporates automation technologies and other features designed to assist busy people with planning and maintaining a garden project.

By combining integrated sensors and remote user interactions that aid in climate control and watering, White says that ACES could reduce the manpower needed and help create a desirable environment for produce to grow year-round.

The advantage of using automation technology is not only to save labor, but also to increase process efficiency, quality, accuracy, and precision, concluded White.

Born and raised in Japan, White currently works for the U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command as an operational research analyst. She earned her master’s degree in the Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering in 2016.

The Systems Engineering program at Johns Hopkins Engineering for Professionals regularly highlights the applied systems design projects and in-depth thesis research of its students. We will continue to make these presentations available so that they can benefit the entire systems engineering community.