Meet Our New Student Intern: Emanuel Hernández Cornejo

An introduction by Emanuel: 

My name is Emanuel Hernández Cornejo and I am from Panama, located in Central America. I started my education at 5 years old at a school close to my neighborhood because my parents wanted to give me the education they never had. At the beginning of my studies, I was not a dedicated person because I did not know what I wanted to do. However, after some advice and time, I understood that the best way to reach my goal is through further education. Years later with a few months left in high school in Panama, after I had focused on one path, I won a scholarship under the branch of agriculture from a university in Honduras. Thanks to this aid, I was not only able to continue my education, but also experience a new culture and new people. It was there that I learned new knowledge about the earth, animals, and the importance behind all of these things. More specifically, it taught me how the world is advancing technologically which will lead to great changes in humanity.

The main reason that I chose this branch was because of my parents. They have a small patch of land that they do not know what to do with, so they inspired me to choose something related to land. The field of agriculture became interesting to me, so I went for it. The other reason is because Panama is a country where 84% of their earnings come from businesses, but depends a lot on other countries for supplies. Most people believe that in agriculture there is not much one can do, but I believe this is not true.

I know I can change myself, but that I can also inspire other people to change. In the same way, I can start to change how others view the new technology. Specifically, I want to focus on using the technology to change the waste produced by people. Improvements in technology can correct the current misuse of agrochemicals and avoid pollution, which in turn, will also save money. For this reason, I am here to learn about new technologies that are in place through the Data-Intensive Farm Management Project.