Enactus is an international non-profit organization that brings together leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. DMZ has partnered with the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Enactus Team to provide data collection and research on Agricultural Technologies and their overall impact in driving yields. With this knowledge, DMZ and the UWW Enactus team hope to empower the American Farmer to better feed the world. To check out a video of the team please click the link below or on the Enactus logo.
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Together with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Enactus Chapter, DMZ and the UWW Team strive to show improvements in crop production and quality through the implementation and utilization of innovative agricultural technologies.
What We Do
The UW-Whitewater Enactus team along with DMZ Aerial will be taking a two-step approach to this project. The first portion of the project will show the yield gain from the use of Complement, a fermented plant extract consisting of long chain carbohydrates, natural plant fats, proteins, plant growth hormones, and organic nutrients. Complement is produced by DMZ and is a new entry in to the world of BioStimulants. The second portion of the project will demonstrate the increased efficiency of crop scouting through the use of an Aerial Intelligence Modified Quadcopter. This UAV will be equipped with a high definition camera and a Geographical Information System (GIS). The imagery collected can then be analyzed by an agronomist further detailing the specific problem areas that may be reducing yield.
On average, aerial crop scouting coupled with recommended applications is shown to improve yield by between seven and ten bushels per acre. This amounts to an increase of as much as $7,400 (Current Quote $3.70/bu) in revenue to the average 200 acre Wisconsin farm.
Suvojit Choton Basu is an Associate Professor of Information Technology at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW). He also serves as the Director of the Global Business Resource Center (GBRC), an outreach unit at UWW. He specializes in technology-related projects for global companies, government agencies, online communities, and developing models for effective learning. His research interests include systems development, project management, international business, social media, business innovation, and new ventures. Choton has been a speaker and presenter at numerous regional, national and international conferences. As an educator and consultant Choton has been directly involved in several successful start-ups and also spin-offs of existing companies. His current passion revolves around using technology innovation to drive revenues, develop new business models and for economic development. His research has been published in top refereed journals including Decision Sciences, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Global IT Management and Educause Quarterly. His work has also been published in several national and international conference proceedings.
DMZ Team Member
Mitchell Fiene is a Junior majoring in Entrepreneurship at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He serves at the Chief Technology Officer on the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Board of Directors and plays an active role in the UW-Whitewater Enactus chapter. His focus is on technology innovation and implementation in agriculture, public works, and research institutions. In addition to tech, Mitchell enjoys attending and participating in sporting events in a number of environments spanning from water to air.
Lucas Fiene is the brother of Zach Fiene, cousin of Mitchell Fiene, and a current student at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Luke has grown up in the UAV business and has flown UAVs for hundreds of hours, scouting fields, providing aerial cinematography, and inspecting infrastructure. He was the lead pilot on the project and managed data collection. Luke recently launched his own UAV Business called Infrastructure Inspectors. Please click the link below or on Luke's picture to visit their website.
Jeremy Holman is the president of the UW-Whitewater Enactus team. Jeremy is currently a junior Entrepreneurship Major from Milton, WI. He joined Enactus to create socially responsible, not-just-for-profit projects and to inspire others to do the same. Jeremy enjoys reading, fresh perspectives, and being productive.
Team Vice President
Dan is a high energy, coffee-loving, entrepreneur who thrives in the start-up environment. Dan has a can do attitude that leaves people wondering when he sleeps. Dan quite literally grew up in the shadow of Lambeau field in Green Bay. Today, he is a junior in the marketing program at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. He is the co-founder of the Whitewater Student Chamber of Commerce, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Dan enjoys his role as the VP of the UWW Enactus team and aspires to make the word a better place by, "thinking different".
In addition to the Executive Team, the Enactus Project is also made up of University of Wisconsin - Whitewater students. These students have a variety of backgrounds and a general interest in making the world a better place through innovation.
Evan is a freshman at UW-Whitewater, and is currently pursuing a Business-Management major. For his entire life, he has lived in the town of Gilberts, IL, a small town 45 miles west of Chicago. Evan went to Hampshire High School where he participated as a varsity athlete in three sports, and was also a member of the National Honors Society. Since he was a young teen, he has also been an official for basketball and baseball. Entrepreneurship is interesting to Evan because he has always been a competitive, determined person, which he believes is crucial to be an entrepreneur. Evan Joined Enactus because he wanted to be a part of an on campus organization that would benefit him, as well as others. Enactus was the perfect fit because the Enactus team is fueled by an entrepreneurship spirit that has the potential to make an everlasting impact on our community, and globally, while teaching him skills crucial to be a successful and well-rounded person in the future.
Nicole Lucente is currently a Senior Entrepreneurship major with minors in Music and Visual Art at UW-Whitewater. Throughout her childhood, she grew up in a town called Glendale Heights Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. There she attended Glenbard North High School and participated in band, golf, and student government. When Nicole first came to UW-W she was a Music Major. It took her until her sophomore year to realize that teaching was not for her and that her real dream was to become a business owner. The reason she decided to become an entrepreneur is because her goal is to own a bakery. Nicole’s dream allows her to do what she loves while using managing skills as a leader. Her interests outside of school include things like playing contra bass clarinet, baking, and crafting. Other interests include video games and being surrounded by friends and family. The main reason Nicole chose to join Enactus is because she wanted to be part of a campus organization that had an effect on the world. She didn’t want to be in a club that would not positively affect her future. Nicole wants a full experience from a club that would allow her to be around intelligent, driven people. She fully believe that Enactus can provide that experience for her.
Austin is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is an entrepreneurship major and has an interest is all things business. Austin is from the Green Bay area and is a proud stock holder and season ticket holder of the Green Bay Packers. Austin is involved in a variety of organizations on the UW-W campus. He feels that real learning is done outside the confines of the classroom. Austin has always had an interest in entrepreneurship. By being a part of the Enactus team, Austin hopes to help make the world a better place through entrepreneurship.
Christian Pedretti is a senior at UW-Whitewater and is pursuing the major Information Technology - Business Analysis. Growing up in a small town has made Christian realize how little humans need in order to lead happy and successful lives. Though he is not sure of his occupational endeavours, he does know his work will require him to commute home. He was is work to leave him personally fulfilled because of the organization’s social and communal impact. Enactus is a great organization that encompasses these ideas, making it a seamless fit.
Jaidaa Shafaei graduated from King Saud University in Riyadh - Saudi Arabia with bachelor's degree in Business Management. She is currently a full-time MBA student at UW-Whitewater University and is scheduled to graduate in December 2014. Prior to enrolling in the UW-W MBA program in spring of 2013, Jaidaa worked in one of Riyadh’s most prestigious clinics as a Marketing Manager for three years. Jaidaa’s dynamic personality, cultivated communication skills, and innovative thinking enabled her to become partner in a marketing agency in Saudi Arabia, NewMediaPS. Jaidaa is a keen traveler and hopes to combine her passion for travel with her cross-cultural skills in her career after graduation. She joined Enactus to leverage her desire in finance and project management with her wish to also help create sustainable positive solutions to real-world problems. She looks forward to honing her planning and management skills through participation in Enactus and hopes that her participation will help make a positive difference for those they help.
Leigh Olszewski is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Leigh is engaging in courses to fulfill his Entrepreneurship and Managements majors with a minor in Information Technology. He grew up in a small town in central Wisconsin called Mosinee located about 100 miles from the next largest city, Green Bay. Leigh attended Mosinee High School where he made soccer a year round sport. He also participated in a few DECA events even though he was not formally enrolled. On top of school activities he also worked three different jobs throughout his high school career each of which added different tools to his skill set and overall knowledge of the business world.
Matthew Bakich is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeking to obtain a major in Integrated Science and Business with an emphasis in Project Management and a minor in Spanish. He hopes to work in Product Research and Development. He has a passion for social justice and hopes to promote his beliefs by empowering others. Since joining at the start of the 2014 Spring Semester, Enactus has provided him with ample opportunities to do just that.
Joe Kopp is currently a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he is majoring in Entrepreneurship and minoring in Economics. Joe was born and raised in Oakdale, Minnesota. Oakdale is a relatively large eastern suburb of St. Paul. Joe has a fairly large range of interests that could include anything from traveling, music, food, new technologies. Anything new and exciting could potentially peak his interest. Joe decided to join Enactus because it is a great way to get involved in new experiences and meet people with innovative ideas. It is also a medium that presents a vast amount of opportunity for him, the UW- Whitewater, and potentially the entire world.