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The Federal Laboratory Consortium selected the team of Jonathan Frantz, Bryon Hand, Lee Buckingham, Deanna Bobak, and Erik Runkle for the winners of the 2012 Excellence in Technology Transfer for their efforts on Virtual Grower software. The team was honored, along with awardees from several other federal research labs, at a ceremony in Pittsburgh, PA in May, 2012.
Pictured, left to right, James Poulos (FLC Awards Committee Chair), Richard Brenner (USDA-ARS Office of Technology Transfer), Jonathan Frantz, Bryon Hand, Theresa Baus (FLC Vice Chair), Mojdeh Bahar (FLC Chair).
To receive the award, Jonathan Frantz, Bryon Hand, and Research Leader Charles Krause traveled to Pittsburgh for the award ceremony. Adding to this honor, the team won the USDA-ARS Technology Transfer award in September, 2012 for the same software.
Virtual Grower (available free at www.virtualgrower.net) is a decision-support software program that was designed to assist greenhouse growers and users predict heating and energy use specific to their location, greenhouse design, crop produced, and management preferences. Virtual Grower brings together several existing and new models, model components, and model approaches so that playing "what if" simulations in one area (for example, changes in energy use) will influence other areas (for example, plant development rates) in a safe, virtual environment.