National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) ,
Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi Project
Centre for Advanced Agricultural Science and Technology
for Climate Smart Agriculture and Water Management(CAAST - CSAWM)
Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Tal. Rahuri, Dist. Ahmednagar 413 722

Lav R. Khot

Assistant Professor Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems Department of Biological Systems Engineering IAREC, Washington State University (WSU) 24106 N. Bunn Rd., Prosser, WA 99164 509

Education and Training

M.P. Agricultural University, India

Agricultural Engineering

B.S., 2001

C-DAC, Govt. of India

Advance Computing

PG Diploma, 2002

Asian Institute of Tech., Thailand

Agricultural Systems and Engineering

M.S., 2002

Iowa State University, IA

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

M.S., 2006

North Dakota State University, ND

Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Ph.D., 2009

University of Florida, FL

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Postdoc, 2013

Employment History
2015-Present Assistant Professor, Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems, Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, WA

2013-2014     Assistant Research Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University, WA


Research Associate, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand


Project Facilitation Team Member, NGO (Grass Roots Action for Social Participation)


Programmer, I-Gen Software Pvt. Ltd., India

Professional Activities

  • Chair ‘Precision Horticulture Engineering Working Group’ International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) 2017-2021. (ii) Associate Editor for the Power and Machinery Division of ASABE Journals. (iii) Served on ‘National Organizing Committee’ 5th IFAC Conference on Sensing, Control and Automation Technologies for Agriculture-AGRICONTROL 2016, Seattle, WA. (iv) (Co-) lead and facilitated organization of “Precision Farming EXPO 2016”, PFE16, Kennewick, WA. (v) Member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers since 2005 with active participant at ASABE Annual Meetings as session moderator and vice-chair of ITSC-348 Electromagnetics & Spectroscopy committee. (vi) Committee Member WSU-CAHNRS Three Minute Thesis research communication competition (2014-15). (vii) Judge: ‘Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities’, WSU 2015, 2016, 2017. (viii) External reviewer for international journals such as Transactions of the ASABE, Computer and Electronics in Agriculture, Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Biosystems Engineering, Sensors, etc. (ix) Patent (UF# 14749) on ‘Methods and devices for reduction of plant infections’ (IP Contribution 10%).

Postdocs/graduate students advised

Postdoctoral Scholars: Dr. Yasin Osroosh (WSU Nov/2016-Oct/2017); Dr. Azeem Khan (WSU Feb/2017-Aug/2017); Dr. Gopi Kafle (WSU Jan/2015-Jan/2016; April/2016-July/2017); Dr. Anura Rathnayake -Mudiyanselage (Fulbright Adjacent Faculty, Mar/2016-Sept/2016); Dr. Qiufang Dai (CSC Scholar, Feb/2017-Jan/2018).

Graduate Students: Rajeev R. Sinha (PhD, WSU Aug/2015- Present); Haitham Bahlol (PhD, WSU Aug/2014- Present); Zongmei Gao (PhD, WSU Aug/2016- Present); Momtanu Chakraborty (MS, WSU Aug/2016- Present); Rakesh Ranjan (PhD, WSU Aug/2017- Present); Abhilash Kumar Chandel (PhD, WSU Aug/2017- Present); Yanru Zhao (CSC joint-PhD training Sept/2016-Oct/2017).

Committee Member: Andres Pena Quinones (PhD, WSU-BSE 2014- Present); Carlos Zuniga Espinoza (PhD, WSU-BSE Fall/2014- Present); Seyedehsanaz Jarolmasjed (PhD, WSU-BSE Fall/2014- Present); Margaret McCoy (PhD, WSU-Hort Spring/2015- Present).

Former Members: Dr. Jianfeng Zhou (WSU Sept/2014-Sept/2016; Currently Assistant Professor at University of Missouri); Dr. Anura Rathnayake- Mudiyanselage (Fulbright Adjacent Faculty, Mar/2016-Sept/2016; Currently Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka); Parish Nalavade (MS, WSU Aug/2015- Dec/2016; Currently Assistant Professor at SQU, Oman); Juan José Quirós (Joint-MS training Jan/16-Mar/2016); Ming Li (CSC joint-PhD training Sept/2014-Aug/2015); Abid Sarwar (PhD, WSU Aug/2016- Dec/2016).


BSysE 552: UAS in Ag (Spring 2017); BSysE 541: Instrumentation & measurement (Co-

Instructor, Spring-2014; 2016); BSysE 598: Graduate Seminar class (Fall 2016)

Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Outstanding Reviewer: Computers and Electronics in Agriculture Journal
  • 2010 Outstanding Reviewer: Information & Electrical Technology (IET) division of ASABE Journals
  • Frank Bain Dissertation Fellowship, 2008-2009, NDSU, Fargo, ND
  • Non-Faculty Travel Awards at NDSU: to present research at 2006 CSBE/ASABE conference, SK, Canada and at 2008 ASABE Annual Meeting, Providence, RI
  • Special Partial Scholarship, AIT, Thailand, 2003-2004
  • Brahad Bharti Merit-cum-Scholarship Awards during B. Tech. for year 1999, 2000

Summary of Grants Received

Please see Current and Pending Support Form.

PUBLICATIONS- All Publications during the last 5 years :29

  Book chapters: 2


Training Participants