Jan 24, 2023
Oasis Grower Solutions Announces Director of Global Grower Operations

Oasis Grower Solutions, a division of Smithers-Oasis, has announced the promotion of Vijay Rapaka to director of global grower operations and research.

“The last few months have been very exciting for our grower group,” states vice president of FloraLife & Grower Global Operations and corporate research, Jim Daly. “Elevating Dr. Rapaka from the exploratory position he’s held for nearly 15 years to a directorship role was a smart decision for us. Vijay’s rich background in research will bring us closer to our corporate roots and overall strategy – further strengthening our position in the marketplace,” continues Daly.

After first joining Smithers-Oasis as a Senior Research Scientist in 2009, Rapaka’s talents led to him quickly becoming the manager of research at OASIS Grower Solutions, a division of Smithers-Oasis. It was there he and his team developed several innovative new products, including Horticubes AeroMax hydroponic growing media. Rapaka continues to earn industry-wide recognition with his scientific insights, business acumen, and ability to help grow customer relationships.

As a member of the OASIS Grower Solutions leadership team, Rapaka will further help guide global operations, providing in-depth understanding of the business, its long-term vision, and how to attract and develop remarkable talent for the company.

Rapaka holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture (ANGRAU, India), M.S. degree in Agriculture (IARI, India) and Ph.D. in Plant Physiology (University of Hannover, Germany). He was also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Horticulture at Clemson University before joining Smithers-Oasis.