Kia Canning, 2020 B.S.

Kia Canning

Position Title
Hardware Project Engineer

  • Monarch Tractor

Kia is a Hardware Project Engineer at Monarch Tractor, a bay area start-up located in Livermore, CA. Monarch is building the world's first all-electric, driver-optional compact tractor. Kia was hired after graduating with her BS in Biosystems Engineering and works on the mechanical design and build of the tractors. Her job involves a unique combination of agronomy, data science, and mechanical engineering. At UC Davis, Kia worked with LiDAR and hyperspectral imaging in Dr. Alireza Pourreza's lab. She also worked with Dr. Stavros Vougioukas on her senior design project, during which Kia and her team created a simulation of a robot to autonomously measure vineyard drip-irrigation. In her free time, Kia enjoys rock-climbing, playing the piano, running, and snowboarding.

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