Dr. Karkee joined the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Washington State University (WSU) in 2010 and has been affiliated with the Center for Precision & Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) since the beginning of his tenure at WSU. Dr. Karkee was born and raised in the mid hills of the Himalayan country of Nepal, some 400 km east of the capital city Kathmandu. After completing high school in his village, he moved to Kathmandu for his Associate and Undergraduate degrees. He received his bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in 2002 from Tribhuvan University, and then moved to Bangkok, Thailand to attend Asian Institute of Technology where he earned his Master's Degree in Remote Sensing and GIS. Dr. Karkee then spent the next five years in Ames, Iowa working on his doctoral research and education, earning his PhD in Agricultural Engineering and Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University in 2005.
Dr. Karkee leads a strong research program in the area of agricultural automation and mechanization at WSU CPAAS, with particular emphasis on machine vision, sensing and control technologies for agricultural automation. He has been working on numerous sponsored projects in this area, including apple crop load estimation, apple and cherry harvesting, fruit tree and berry bush pruning, solid set canopy delivery, water and nutrient stress monitoring, and tropical biomass harvesting. Dr. Karkee has been actively publishing in such journals as 'Computers and Electronics in Agriculture', 'Biosystems Engineering' and 'The Transactions of ASABE' and has frequently presented in national and international conferences.