After receiving his BS in Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship from Ithaca College in 2009 Matt moved to New York City to work in controlled environment agriculture and green construction technology industries. In 2012 Matt launched his own start up company, City Hydroponics, offering design, consultation and installation services for small and large-scale urban and peri-urban CEA operations. While at City Hydroponics, Matt invented the patent pending Vertically Oriented Hydroponics System, operated a 3000 Sqft hydroponic and aquaponic greenhouse operation in South Orange NJ, managed a 50+ member all hydroponic community supported agriculture program and sold hydroponic baby salad greens to several prominent NYC restaurants. In 2015 City Hydroponics was selected as a Semifinalist in the 76 West Clean Energy Competition hosted by NYSERDA. In 2016 Matt Joined the Biological and Environmental Engineering department at Cornell University as a Research Support Specialist focused in greenhouse day-neutral strawberry production and greenhouse automation.
“As semiconductor and sensing technologies become cheaper to access and easier to implement, optimization in data driven agriculture can proliferate in an economically impactful way” – Matthew Moghaddam