CORPORATE GROWER RESEARCH & TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGER, OASIS GROWER SOLUTIONS
Vijay K. Rapaka, Ph.D., is corporate grower research and technical support manager at Oasis Grower Solutions, where he is responsible for new product development, technical training and product support. He also leads the efforts to transfer technology to other Smithers-Oasis business segments. Rapaka was promoted to his current position from the position of grower senior research scientist in 2009.
Bringing 12 years of industry experience to his position, Rapaka plans to continue Oasis Grower Solutions’ growth by developing innovative products, educating the sales force and customers on how to use Oasis products to effectively grow plants, as well as successful businesses. Rapaka also is working to expand the Oasis Grower Solutions’ footprint into new markets and countries.
Rapaka is an accomplished researcher that is regularly published in scientific journals and industry trade publications such as, Greenhouse Product News, The In Vitro Report, Hort Science and Floriculture Research Alliance.
He serves on the Oasis Grower Solutions master’s and doctorate student committee, as well as several, national, commercial grower boards.
Rapaka earned his master’s degree in Agriculture Science from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, his doctorate degree in Horticulture from University of Hannover and his postdoctorate degree in Post-Harvest Physiology and Rooting from Clemson University.
Rapaka lives in Stow, Ohio with his wife, Mercy, and his two children. He speaks four languages: his native language, Telugu, English, German and Hindi.