We take the best data out there, combine it with the latest science and technology, and engineer products to boost efficiency and yields.
Chris Harbourt is the Chief Executive Officer of Ag Informatics, where he is a scientist with an eye on innovation and sales. He realizes sales is a dirty word to many scientists, but is working hard to bridge these worlds and make great science and innovation easily available to growers.
Chris grew up in New Jersey, but now considers himself more of an Illinois native. He lives outside of Champaign-Urbana in St. Joseph, Illinois, with his wife Susan and their two sons. Chris received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and his Master’s and PhD in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In his role as CEO of Ag Informatics, Chris loves building teams and collecting people that can do amazing things.
In his free time, Chris is a pilot, coaches youth soccer, and enjoys surfing, ocean kayaking, and classic cars.
Paul is the Chief Operating Officer of Ag Informatics. He leads product design and development and also handles business and client management.
Paul grew up in Chicago, Illinois with a brief stint in Branson, Missouri. He currently lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois with his wife and two cats. Originally a Nuclear Engineering major, Paul realized he “loves working with people who grow food” and switched to Agricultural Engineering. Paul received his Bachelors and Masters in Ag. Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Purdue University. His Post-Doc appointment was at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Outside of work, Paul has played drums and guitar for over 20 years, enjoys dabbling with microelectronics, and reads a lot of fiction.
Bill Northcott is the Chief Innovation Officer at Ag Informatics. He works on developing and researching the science and feasibility of new products.
Bill is an internationally renowned expert in agricultural hydrology and crop water use. Over the last 20 years he has worked on agricultural projects on 6 continents. He has a B.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering and an M.S. in Agronomy / Soil Science, all from the University of Illinois.
His expertise lies in soil hydrology, chemistry and fertility, agricultural meteorology and the impacts of climate change on agricultural production systems, data science and software development. Prior to founding Agricultural Informatics he was a faculty member at Michigan State University where he also served as the state Extension specialist in Irrigation, Drainage and Water Management. Most recently he served as a reviewer to the National Academy of Sciences’ 2014 National Climate Assessment Report.
Tim Kuehlhorn is the Chief Technology Officer at Ag Informatics and is responsible for the development of the processing infrastructure and creating the best possible platform for customers to explore data about their fields.
Currently a resident of Champaign, Illinois, Tim is originally from Schaumburg, Illinois. He left Schaumburg to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. While at U of I, he worked on implementing statistical algorithms for the Agricultural Engineering department.
Outside of work, Tim is heavily involved in the local design community. As a board member of the Champaign-Urban Design Organization, Tim has helped organize many local design-related events, including spearheading CUDO Plays, a board game design competition.
Bill Turner is an Atmospheric Scientist at Ag Informatics and works on data visualization and systems programming.
After growing up in in Lemont, Illinois, Bill attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science. Bill started working part-time for Ag Informatics during his senior year, and accepted a full-time position after graduation.
Bill is an avid musician and has played in an alternative band based out of Chicago for about 10 years. A self-professed nerd and science lover, Bill enjoys programming with Python and building apps at home. Bill is also a Chicago Bulls fan, but only moderately likes the Chicago Bears. He doesn’t trust Jay Cutler.
Chad Hawkins is a Senior Geospatial Analyst at Ag Informatics.
Chad is originally from Frederick, Maryland where he currently resides with his wife. Chad attended Towson University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and later received his Master’s degree in GIS from the University of Maryland.
In his spare time, Chad enjoys playing basketball, hiking, drinking coffee, and staying up on current events.