Sierra Young

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sierra Young is an Assistant Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at North Carolina State University, focusing on the use of robotics and automation for sensing and sense-making in agricultural and natural systems, and human-robot interaction for small unpiloted systems. Before arriving at North Carolina State, she worked as a Visiting Scholar in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. Dr. Young received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering as a Department of Defense NDSEG Fellow with a focus on the human-robot interaction for physical object manipulation by small unpiloted aerial systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018.


Ph.D. 2018

Civil Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.S. 2015

Civil Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

B.S. 2014

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Cornell University


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program 2020 (NCSU Component: Southern Pasture-Raised Beef Production: From Farm to Table to Us)
US Dept. of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA)(4/01/21 - 3/31/23)
Developing a Pilot Data Science Extension Program to Advance Data-Driven Soybean Production
United Soybean Board(10/01/21 - 9/30/22)
UAV Biosurveillance of Cucurbit Downy Mildew
US Dept. of Agriculture - Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS)(1/01/22 - 12/31/23)
Long-Term, Low-Cost Stormwater Control Measure Monitoring with Camera Systems
NC Department of Transportation(1/01/22 - 12/31/24)
Automating the Singulation of SweetPotato Slips for Transplanting
NC Sweet Potato Commission(3/01/20 - 8/31/22)
NRI: INT: Towards the Development of a Customizable Fleet of Autonomous Co-Robots for Advancing Aquaculture Production
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/01/20 - 10/31/24)
Optimizing Floating Treatment Wetland Deployment to Improve Water Quality
NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund(2/23/21 - 7/31/23)
A Large-scale Public Image Database of Cotton Weeds for Machine Vision Based Robotic Weeding
Cotton, Inc.(1/01/20 - 12/31/21)
Robotic Weeding: Analysis of Recent Technologies and Identification of Future Trends
Cotton, Inc.(1/01/19 - 12/31/19)