Katya Kudashkina’s vision is to participate in a new future for agriculture that employs advanced data science to enhance crop yields and increase food production productivity for humankind. Katya studied engineering in Saint-Petersburg, Russia before completing a degree in computer science and a MBA at the University of Toronto. Katya is now focused on advancing her skills in the application of machine learning in agriculture by working on a project to develop a cost-effective, representative, and scalable method to remotely measure soil organic carbon levels using deep learning techniques. In 2021, Katya completed her PhD at the University of Guelph and currently works with Drs. Graham Taylor, Ralph Martin, Aaron Berg, Paul Voroney and Alan Ker. Katya recently started her role as Director of Engineering, Intelligent Search & Assistant at Ceridian who is a leader in the Cloud HCM Suites for 1,000+ Employee Enterprises.