Daniela Jones

Assistant Professor

Joint Appointment with Idaho National Laboratory

Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at North Carolina State University and holds a joint-faculty appointment with Idaho National Laboratory. At NC State, Dr. Jones is also the Data Science Academy Director of Agricultural Analytics; Director of the Agricultural Data Science Certificate; Office of Research and Innovation Faculty Fellow; Graduate Faculty of the Operations Research Program; Faculty Fellow of the Center of Geospatial Analytics; Faculty Affiliate of the Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center; and Faculty Affiliate of the Agricultural Biotechnology In Our Evolving Food, Energy, and Water Systems NSF Research Traineeship Program. Dr. Jones develops large-scale heterogeneous and geo-temporal data-intensive models to better understand and enhance the sustainability of intensifying agricultural systems. Particularly, she analyzes the feasibility of harvesting, pre-processing, storing, and delivering agricultural waste for conversion to energy in efforts to reduce the anthropogenic impacts to the environment. Additionally, she works with industry to process data collected from gene expression to management practices to ground-based sensors (such as soil moisture sensors) to drone imagery to weather stations to satellite sensors during planting, growing, harvesting, and packing to identify the factors that affect produce yield expressed as quantity and quality.

She earned her PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering with a concentration on energy systems from Texas A&M University, where she was an Alfred P. Sloan Scholar and received a certificate in Business Management. She received her Masters and Bachelor of Science degrees in Industrial Engineering with an emphasis in operations research and a Minor in Mathematics from Mississippi State University. She interned at Idaho National Laboratory and collaborated with multidisciplinary teams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory through her work on biofuels and renewable energy. Before this role, she was a postdoctoral associate at Duke University, where she performed quantitative and qualitative research on student interventions and supported programming of educational, career development workshops and community development events for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students in the biosciences.

Education

Ph.D. 2017

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Texas A&M University

M.S. 2012

Industrial Engineering

Mississippi State University

B.S. 2009

Industrial Engineering

Mississippi State University

Research Description

Building on Dr. Jones's operations research experience applied to the agricultural-based energy sector and her desire to promote environmentally friendly energy sources, she continues to develop mathematical models and solution algorithms to solve large-scale problems that arise in the areas of transportation, logistics, and renewable energy systems. She focuses on simulation and optimization of the entire supply chain (including, harvesting, pre-processing, storing, and delivering) for biomass as a feedstock for cost effective production of fuels, products, and power.

Grants

Cultivating A Resilient Workforce By Integrating A Culturally Competent Community Of Scholarship & Data Science in Food & Agricultural Research
USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)(1/15/21 - 1/14/26)
DSFAS-AI: Agricultural DECision Intelligence moDEling System for huMan-AI collaboRative acTion Elicitation and impRovement (DECIDE-SMARTER)
USDA - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)(6/15/22 - 6/14/25)
A Framework to Enhance NC??????????????????s Natural Resources Through Sustainable Manure Nutrient Cycling and Export
NC Department of Justice(1/01/22 - 12/31/24)
Release No. 1 under BMA 255742
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(10/20/21 - 9/30/24)
Improving the Speed of Peanut Grading at Peanut Buying Stations
NC Peanut Growers Association, Inc.(1/01/23 - 6/30/24)
Improving Crop Productivity and Value Through Heterogeneous Data Integration, Analytics, and Decision Support Platforms
Game-Changing Research Incentive Program for Plant Sciences (GRIP4PSI)(2/17/20 - 6/30/24)
Uniform-Format Herbaceous Biomass Feedstock: Value-added Miscanthus
North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services(1/01/21 - 12/31/23)
Full-Season sweetpotato data lifecycle analysis: stakeholders engagement, sensors, and yields.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation(8/10/22 - 5/31/23)
Increasing the visibility of the interdisciplinary cutting-edge research performed by the students in the Agricultural & Biological (Ag&Bio) Logistics Laboratory
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation(11/01/21 - 5/31/23)
A Review of the State of Technology of Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS)
US Dept. of Energy (DOE)(4/11/22 - 4/30/22)