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IGNITE – St. Louis: The Epicenter of AgTech and Geospatial Innovation

April 30, 2024
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Join us for the next IGNITE series:
St. Louis: The Epicenter of AgTech and Geospatial Innovation

The focused discussion will be on the burgeoning agtech/geospatial ecosystem in St. Louis and the resources and expertise that uniquely position our region to make critical contributions to this exciting field.

We will convene an expert panel to share their perspectives on the opportunity for agtech/geospatial technology to advance food security, drive positive climate impact, and power a new regional growth industry. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 30, 5–7 PM
Danforth Plant Science Center
975 North Warson Rd 63132

5:00 to 5:45 PM   Networking Reception
5:45 to 6:15 PM   Panel Discussion
6:15 to 7:00 PM   Social Hour 

Tickets are complimentary, but seating is limited.
RSVP by Thursday, April 25, 2024. 

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An American Sign Language (ASL) interpretator will be available.


Jeffrey A. Mazur


Director of Government and Industry Partnerships / Taylor Geospatial Institute (TGI)

Jeff serves as Director of Government and Industry Partnerships for the Taylor Geospatial Institute (TGI) where he leads efforts to create opportunities for researchers, scientists, students and faculty across the TGI consortium to engage meaningfully in commercial and government collaboration. Founded in 2022, TGI is a first of its kind entity in the geospatial ecosystem – designed to fuel research, collaboration, and impact. The TGI consortium includes 8 academic and research institutions and is the cornerstone of establishing a global center of geospatial excellence in St. Louis. Jeff holds a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Katie Murphy, PhD


Director of the Phenotyping Core Facility and Principal Investigator / Danforth Plant Science Center

Katie is the Director of the Phenotyping Core Facility and a Principal Investigator at the Danforth Plant Science Center. Katie’s team measures plant phenotypes, which are the measurable traits in a plant such as height, color, and other unique characteristics important for agricultural productivity. In order to increase accuracy and scale, the Phenotyping Core Facility uses automation and photography, followed by the development and application of open-source image analysis tools to make measurements of plants from the collected images. In collaboration with Taylor Geospatial Institute, the Phenotyping Core Facility is applying these tools to UAV and satellite imagery to answer critical questions in plant science. Katie holds a PhD in Plant Biology from UC Davis and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Stanford University.

George Worrall, PhD


Agricultural Engineer and Director / Deep Grain

George is an agricultural engineer and the director of Deep Grain, a company that specializes in providing geospatial intelligence in agricultural commodities. He completed his PhD with the Center for Remote Sensing at the University of Florida, and has published research at the intersection of agronomy, remote sensing, and machine learning methods.

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