Dr. Gaylon Campbell Fellowship program – First recipients announced

Dr. Gaylon Campbell Fellowship program – First recipients announced

Announcing the first recipients of four fully funded multi-year fellowships offered in partnership with four universities.  

PULLMAN—METER Environment announces the beginning of The Dr. Gaylon Campbell Fellowship program. The fellowship aims to fund between 2 to 5 graduate students per year. Graduate students will spend their time on the following: 

  • Researching key questions and applications or helping to develop new methods 
  • Spend three months out of the year on the METER campus in Pullman, WA 
  • Gaining both academic and industry perspectives 

The program is named after Dr. Gaylon S. Campbell, a research scientist and engineer at METER Group for over 20 years, following nearly 30 years on faculty at Washington State University. Dr. Campbell is one of the world’s foremost authorities on physical measurements in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum.  

Beyond his passion for environmental biophysics, Dr. Campbell’s career has been defined by a passion for furthering the understanding of the physics of the natural world and nurturing students who seek to do so. His devotion to advising and assisting those who seek to better the world through scientific endeavors lays the foundation for this fellowship. 


In its first year, the Dr. Gaylon Campbell Fellowship has been awarded to four Masters and PhD candidates a full-funded fellowship. Masters-level fellowships receive a 2-year duration and PhD-level fellowships receive a 3-year fellowship. 

Katie Anselmi 

Katie is a student at BYU looking to study intelligent irrigation in urban and agricultural systems. Her advisor, Neil Hansen, is the department chair and professor in Plant & Wildlife Sciences. They will be researching the utilization of soil water and micrometeorological data to help develop intelligent irrigation decision support tools. 

Rahel Pommerenke 

Rahel is a student at Colorado State University who will be combining satellite sensors, in-situ soil moisture sensors, and matric potential data to develop generalizable methods for soil moisture characterization in irrigated fields. Rahel is advised by Dr. Ryan Smith, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 

Tejinder Singh 

Tejinder is a student at Utah State University looking to study improving irrigation management in the Colorado River Basin. Advised by Dr. Matt Yost, associate department head and associate professor of Plants, Soils, & Climate at Utah State, Tejinder will be working directly with growers and water managers to develop irrigation management plans. They will also demonstrate sensor-based irrigation management and evaluate water measurement methods for water demand programs. 

Jayla Pettway 

Jayla is a student at Alabama A&M University being advised by Dr. Dedrick Davis, soil scientist and associate professor of Soil Physics in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. They will evaluate land-use impacts on near-surface water status dynamics. In addition, they will look at changes in soil hydraulic properties and modeling water flow and transport processes in soil. They will be combining in-situ measurements of soil moisture and water potential with laboratory measurements.

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