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Richard Peralta

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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Professor

Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Agricultural (Water) Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 1979
MS, Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering, Utah State Universtiy, 1976
Testing of phenologic state prediction methods for maize.
Other, Biology, Minot State College, 1975
BS, Chemistry, University of South Carolina, 1971

Expertise

Groundwater, Groundwater Quality, Irrigation, Water Quantity, Water Resources Engineering


Awards

Fellow, 2012

American Society of Civil Engineers

Outstanding Researcher, 1998

Outstanding Researcher, 1997

Who's Who in America, 1995

Two Thousand Notable American Men, 1994

Who's Who in the West, 1993

Who's Who among Hispanic Americans, 1992

Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1989

American Men and Women of Science, 1989

Who's Who in Computer Graphics Tech, 1984

Haliburton Education Foundation Outstanding Researcher Award, 1984

Outstanding Young Man of America, 1981


  • Peralta, R., (1990). Effects of alternative furrow irrigation parameters on pesticide movement in cropped areas in Utah. ASAE, Paper No. 90-2053. 25 p. *

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

    Books

  • Peralta, R.C, Kalwij, c.M, (2012). Groundwater optimization handbook: flow, contaminant transport, and conjunctive management (16 chapters). Joint publishers: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis) & International Water Association (IWA)
  • Peralta, R., (1993). CANDI (Chemical and Irrigation Management) Users Manual, vs 2.0. Software Engineering Division, Dept. of Biological and Irrigation Engr., Utah State Univ., Logan, Utah. 80 p. *
  • Peralta, R., (1990). Conjunctive water use/sustained groundwater yield planning: Case history. *
  • Book Chapters

  • Peralta, R., Kalwij, I.M, (2012). Tabu search for managing groundwater. (1 chapter): Hydrology, hydraulics, and water resources management: a heuristic optimization approach. WIT Press
  • Peralta, R., (2006). Optimization modeling for sustainable groundwater and conjunctive use policy development.. Water resources sustainability
  • Walker, W., Allen, R.G, Merkley, G.P, Hill, R.W, Peralta, R., (1993). Software Engineering of Irrigation and Environmental Applications: Management of Irrigation and Drainage Systems - Integrated Perspectives. American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Peralta, R., (1993). PC software for optimizing groundwater contaminant plume capture and containment. In: Process Engineering for Pollution Control and Waste Minimization, Ed. D. Wise and D. Trantolo. Marcel Dekker, Inc. NY, NY

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Publications - Fact Sheets

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    Publications - Curriculum

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      Publications - Journal Articles

        Academic Journal

      • Banihabib, M.E, Hosseinzadeh, M., Peralta, R., (2015). Optimization of Inter-Sectorial Water Reallocation for Arid-zone Megacity- Dominated Area. Urban Water Journal / Taylor and Francis Online (IAHR), doi: 10.1080/1573062X.2015.1057173
      • Timani, B., Peralta, R., (2015). Multi-model groundwater management optimization: reconciling disparate conceptual models. Hydrogeology Journal/ (International Association of Hydrogeologists) Springer, 23:6, 1067-1087. doi: DOI 10.1007/s10040-015-1259-9
      • Banihabib, M.E, Azarinvand, A., Peralta, R., (2015). A new framework for strategic planning to stabilize a shrinking lake. Lake and Reservoir Management /Taylor and Francis, 1-28.
      • Peralta, R., A.F, H.F, (2014). Multiobjective genetic algorithm conjunctive use optimization for production, cost, and energy with dynamic return flow. Journal of Hydrology /Elsevier511(2014), 776-785.
      • Fayad, H., Peralta, R., Forghani, A., (2012). Optimizing reservoir-stream-aquifer interactions for conjunctive use and hydropower production. . Advances in Civil Engineering, 2012, 1-10. doi: Article ID 910203, doi:10.1155/2012/910203
      • Peralta, R., Lueck, A., Hagan, R., (2011). Strategic optimization for national water plan implementation. Water International (journal of the International Water Resources Association), 36:(3), 295-313 .
      • Peralta, R., Timani, B., Das, R., (2011). Optimizing Safe Yield Policy Implementation. Water Resources Management (Journal for the european Water Resources Association-EWRA), 2011:25(2):, 483–508.
      • Peralta, R., Kalwij, I., (2008). Intelligent Space Tube Optimization for Speeding. Ground Water, Vol. 46, No. 6, 829�840.
      • Peralta, R., (2008). Non-adaptive and adaptive hybrid approaches for enhancing water quality management. Journal of Hydrology, 358 No. 4-5, 182-192.
      • Peralta, R., (2008). Practical Remedial Design Optimization for Large Complex Plumes. JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, 134:05:00, 422-431.
      • Peralta, R., (2008). Optimal in-situ bioremediation system design using simulated annealing. Transactions of the American Soc. of Agric. and Biological Engineers, 51(4), 1273-1285.
      • Peralta, R., (2006). Reducing Long-Term Remedial Costs by Transport Modeling Optimization. Ground Water, 44(6), 864-875.
      • Peralta, R., (2006). Simulation/optimization modeling for robust pumping strategy design. Ground Water, 44 No. 4, 591-601.
      • Peralta, R., (2006). Closure to 'optimal in situ bioremediation design by hybrid genetic algori8thm-simulated annealing' by Horng-Jer Shieh and Richard C Peralta. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE, March/April, 132, No 2, 1
      • Peralta, R., (2005). Optimal in-situ bioremediation design by hybrid genetic algorithm-simulated annealing. ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 131(1), 67-78.
      • Peralta, R., (1999). Comparison of a genetic algorithm and mathematical programming to the design of groundwater cleanup systems. Water Resources Research, 35(8), 2415-2425.
      • Peralta, R., (1999). Optimal design of aquifer clean up systems under uncertainty using a neural network and a genetic algorithm. Water Resources Research, 15(8), 2523-2532.
      • Cooper, G.S, Peralta, R., Kaluarachchi, J., (1998). Optimizing separate phase light hydrocarbon recovery from contaminated unconfined aquifers. Advances in Water Resources, 21:5, 339-350.
      • Cooper, G.S, Peralta, R., Kaluarachchi, J., (1996). Stepwise pumping approach to improve free phase light hydrocarbon recovery from unconfined aquifers. J. Contaminant Hydrology, 18, 141-159.
      • Peralta, R., (1995). Maximizing conjunctive use of surface and groundwater under surface water quality constraints. Advances in Water Resources 18(2):67-75
      • Peralta, R., (1995). Modeling for optimal management of agricultural and domestic wastewater loading to streams. Water Resources Research 31(4):1087-1096
      • Peralta, R., (1995). Optimal dispersed groundwater contaminant management: MODCON method. J. of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE 121(6):490-498
      • Peralta, R., (1995). Optimal Large-Scale Conjunctive Water-Use Planning: Case Study. J. of Water Resources Planning and Management, ASCE 121(6):471-478
      • Peralta, R., (1995). Optimal perennial groundwater yield planning for complex nonlinear aquifers: Methods and examples. Advances in Water Resources 18:49-62
      • Peralta, R., (1995). Optimizing irrigation management for pollution control and sustainable crop yield. Water Resources Research 31(4):1077-1086
      • Peralta, R., (1995). Stepwise pumping approach to improve free phase light hydrocarbon recovery from unconfined aquifers. J. of Contaminant Hydrology 18:141-159
      • Peralta, R., (1994). Integrated embedding optimization applied to Salt Lake Valley aquifers. Water Resources Res. 30:4, pp. 817-832
      • Peralta, R., (1994). Preventing pesticide contamination of groundwater while maximizing irrigated crop yield. Water Resources. Res. 30:11, pp. 3183-3193
      • Ranjha, A.Y, Peralta, R., Requena, A.M, Deer, H.M, Ehteshami, M., Hill, R.W, Walker, W., (1992). Best Management of Pesticides in Furrow Irrigation Systems. Irrigation Science , 1992:13, 9-14.
      • Peralta, R., (1992). Best Management of Pesticide/Furrow Irrigation Systems. Irrg. Sci. 13:9-14
      • Peralta, R., (1992). Sprinkler Irrigation-Pesticide Best Management Systems. Applied Engineering in Agr. 8(3):347-353
      • Peralta, R., (1991). Embedding and response matrix techniques for maximizing steady-state ground-water extraction: Computational comparison. Journal of Ground Water, 29(3): 357-364
      • Peralta, R., (1991). SECTAR: Model for economically optimal sustained groundwater yield planning. ASCE Irrigation and Drainage Division Journal, 117(1):5-24
      • Peralta, R., (1991). Short-Term Plume Containment: Multi-objective Comparison. J. of Ground Water, 29(4):526-535
      • Peralta, R., (1990). Reconnaissence-level alternative optimal groundwater use strategies. ASCE, Water Res. Planning & Management. ASCE 116 (5):676-692
      • Peralta, R., (1990). The policy process: Cooperation as an initiative in Utah. J. of Soil and Water Conservation, 45(2): 261-262
      • Public or Trade Journal

      • Peralta, R., (1991). Assessing Pesticide Contamination to Groundwater: A Rapid Approach. J. of Ground Water, 29(6): 939-944 *

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

          Video

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        Publications - Technical Reports

          Research Reports

        • Peralta, R., Keller, A., Greenwalt, T., Feasibility of using groundwater. Appendix for Moldova Central Irrigation System Rehabilitation Activity, Irrigation Alternatives Assessment. US Dept. of Agriculture & Millenium Challenge Corporation
        • Peralta, R., (2012). Recommended drilling sites for geothermal test wells near Nevado del Ruiz Volcano. Final report for Nippon Koei-LAC, Project Code: SUB CONTRACT-J3B017-001. 19 p. .
        • Rosenberg, D., Peralta, R., (2012). Economic impacts of groundwater drawdown in Jordan. *
        • Peralta, R., Timani, B., , (2011). Modelado de la calidad de aguas subterrŠneas. : This became Volume 6 of a report by NK-LAC to the Interamerican Development Bank.
        • Peralta, R., (2009). Final Report, Irrigation Water Quality Monitoring of the Jordan River, 2009. *
        • Peralta, R., (2008). Final Report for Irrigation Water Quality Monitoring of the Jordan River, 2008. Salt Lake City Corporation *
        • Peralta, R., (2008). Optimization Model for National Water Master Planning: Design and Documentation. Final Report to GTZ. *
        • Peralta, R., Timani, B., (2007). Irrigation water quality monitoring of the Jordan River, 2007. Salt Lake City Corporation *
        • Peralta, R., (2006). Irrigation Water Quality Monitoring of the Jordan River, 2006. Salt Lake City Corporation *
        • Peralta, R., (2003). Developing initial TCE arrays for predicting concentrations downgradient of Norton AFB. Interim report prepared for EarthTech Corporation. October 31 *
        • Peralta, R., (2002). Optimal pumping strategies for TCE and TNT plumes at Blaine Naval Ammunition Depot, Hastings, Nebraska. Project completion report for U.S. Navy *
        • Peralta, R., (2002). Optimal pumping strategies for Tooele Army Depot main TCE plume. Project completion report for U.S. Navy *
        • Peralta, R., (2002). Optimal pumping strategies for Umatilla Chemical Depot RDX and TNT plumes. Project completion report to U.S. Navy *
        • Peralta, R., (2001). Flow and transport optimization end-of-simulation results: Umatilla Chemical Depot. Interim project completion report and Errata. U. S. Navy. July *
        • Peralta, R., (2000). Optimal pumping strategies proposed for Massachusetts Military Reservation CS-10 TCE plume. Report submitted to EnviroTech Center *
        • Peralta, R., (1997). Calibration of flow model and optimal pumping strategies to capture TCE plume at Travis AFB, CA. AFCEE/ERC Report, San Antonio, TX *
        • Peralta, R., (1997). Feasibility considerations of an optimal pumping strategy to capture TCE/PCE plume at March AFB, CA. Report SS/OL 97-1 Systems Simulation/Optimization Laboratory, USU, Logan, UT. 41 pp. *
        • Peralta, R., (1997). Historical water use backcasting study Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Vol. I. 54 pp. Report, BEM Systems, Inc., SS/OL 97-2 Systems Simulation/Optimization Laboratory, USU, Logan, UT *
        • Peralta, R., (1997). Historical water use backcasting study Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Vol. II. 220 pp. Report, BEM Systems, Inc., SS/OL 97-2 Systems Simulation/Optimization Laboratory, USU, Logan, UT *
        • Peralta, R., (1997). Modification of flow model and optimal pumping strategies for capturing TCE and DCE plumes near Mission Drive, Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Michigan: Feasibility study. SS/0L 96-00, Systems Simulation/Optimization Laboratory, USU, Logan, UT *
        • Peralta, R., (1997). The Fate and Disposition of Metolachlor and 2,4-D Under Irrigated Corn and Turf. SS/0L 97-5 Systems Simulation/Optimization Laboratory. Dept. of Biological & Irrigation Engineering, USU, Logan, UT 100 p. *
        • Peralta, R., (1996). Optimal pumping strategies for capturing TCE and DCE plumes near Mission Drive, Wurtsmith Air Force Base, MI. Revised, Sec. 4, Basewide Groundwater Flow Model and Simulation/Optimization Modeling for Capture/Cleanup of the Mision Drive Plume *
        • Peralta, R., (1996). Optimal pumping strategies to maximize dissolved TCE extraction at Mather AFB, California. US Air Force, Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, Environmental Restoration Directorate *
        • Peralta, R., (1995). Optimal pumping strategies to maximize contaminant extraction of TCE Plume at Central Base Area, Norton AFB, California. US Air Force, Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, Environmental Restoration Directorate *
        • Peralta, R., (1995). Optimal pumping strategy to capture TCE plume at base boundary, Norton AFB, California. U.S. Air Force, Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence, Environmental Restoration Directorate. 37 p. *
        • Peralta, R., (1994). Application of lawn fertilizers and pesticides in Salt Lake Valley recharge areas. Report SS/OL 94-1 Systems Simulation/Optimization Laboratory, Dept. of Biological and Irrigation Engineering *
        • Peralta, R., (1994). Introducing uncertainty of aquifer parameters into an optimization model. Intrl. Irrigation Center Report. IIC-94/1. 56 p. *
        • Peralta, R., (1994). Pumping strategies development to capture Castle AFB OU-2 TCE Plume. SS/OL 96-00, Systems Simulation/Optimization Laboratory. Dept. of Biological and Irrigation Engineering, USU, Logan, UT *
        • Peralta, R., (1992). Fate and Transport of TCE-Petroleum Hydrocarbon Mixture at UTTR. Intrl. Irrg. Center Report, IIC-92/1. 35 pp. *
        • Peralta, R., (1992). Optimizing perennial groundwater yield planning for nonlinear systems: Approach comparison. Intrl. Irrg. Center Report IIC-92/2. USU, Logan, UT. 58 p. *
        • Peralta, R., (1992). PLUMAN decision support system for groundwater contaminant plume simulation/optimization management model. Intrl. Irrg. Center Report IIC-92/6. USU, Logan, UT *
        • Peralta, R., (1990). DRASTIC Indices for Selected Agricultural Areas in Utah. Project completion report for Utah Department of Agriculture, including 39 maps *
        • Peralta, R., (1990). EXEIS, Expert screening and optimal extraction/injection pumping systems for short-term plume inmobilization. AFESC project completion report, ESL-TR-89-57. 250 p. *
        • Other Reports

        • T.B, Peralta, R., Irrigation Water Quality Monitoring of the Jordan River, 2015. . *
        • Peralta, R., T.B, Irrigation Water Quality Monitoring of the Jordan River, 2014. . *
        • Peralta, R., Timani, B., (2010). Final Report for Irrigation water quality monitoring of the Jordan River. *

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        Publications - Translations & Transcripts

          Publications - Other

            Newsletter

            Other

          • Peralta, R., (2005). Robustness Enhancing Optimizer. filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office *
          • Peralta, R., (2004). Robust Optimization System. filed with the US Patent and trademark Office *
          • Peralta, R., (2000). Computing optimal pumping strategies for groundwater contaminant plume remediation. In: Handbook of Environmental Science, Health and Technology, Ed. Jay Lehr, McGraw Hill *
          • Peralta, R., (1995). CANDI: Environmental protection software for irrigation and pesticide management. Journal of Extension, 33(1) *
          • Peralta, R., (1995). Practical optimization modeling for managing contaminant plumes. NGWA Workshop Notebook, 8th Natl. Outdoor Action Conf. & Exposition, Aquifer Remediation, Ground Water Monitoring, & Geophysical Methods *
          • Peralta, R., (1994). Book Review: The Hydrological Basis for Water Resource Management (ed.) Shamir, U., and Jiaqi, C.. ICID Journal 43(1):79-80 *
          • Peralta, R., (1994). CANDI: A decision support system for management of agricultural pesticides with irrigation. USU Coop. Ext. Serv. Factsheet EL 281. 4 pp *
          • Peralta, R., (1993). Economic assessment and definition of strategies for water management in the Salt Lake County. PhD Dissertation. Dept. of Bio. & Irrig. Engr. Utah State Univ. Logan, Utah *
          • Peralta, R., (1993). Practical Optimization Modelling for Groundwater Management. Materials for 7th Annual NGWA Outdoor Action Conference Workshop, Las Vegas, Nevada, May *
          • Peralta, R., (1992). Best management practices (BMPs) to minimize nitrate leaching from irrigated protatoes. USU Coop. Ext. Service Factsheet. EL 261. 4 pp *
          • Peralta, R., (1992). Optimizing Groundwater Planning and Management. USCID Newsletter April/July, 1992. No. 66. pp. 5-9 *
          • Peralta, R., (1991). Pesticide movement in response to furrow irrigation and pesticide parameters. USU Cooperative Extension Service Fact Sheet, EL 256 *
          • Peralta, R., (1991). Sprinkler Irrigation-Pesticide Best Management Systems. USU Coop Ext. Service Factsheet El 258. Utah State Univ. 4 p. *
          • Peralta, R., (1990). Pesticide and water management alternatives to mitigate potential ground-water cont. for selected counties in Utah. Utah State Cooperative Extension Service. 156 p. *

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          Scheduled Teaching

          CEE 4870 - Civil and Environmental Design II, Fall 2016

          CEE 3880 - Civil and Environmental Design I, Spring 2016

          CEE 4880 - Civil and Environmental Design III, Spring 2016

          CEE 6450 - Hydrologic Modeling, Spring 2016

          CEE 4870 - Civil and Environmental Design II, Fall 2015

          CEE 3880 - Civil Engineering Design I, Spring 2015

          CEE 4880 - Civil Engineering Design III, Spring 2015

          CEE 6450 - Hydrologic Modeling, Spring 2015

          CEE 4870 - Civil Engineering Design II, Fall 2014

          CEE 3880 - Civil Engineering Design I, Spring 2014

          CEE 4880 - Civil Engineering Design III, Spring 2014

          CEE 5450,6450 - Hydrologic Modeling, Spring 2014

          CEE 4870 - Civil Engineering Design II, Fall 2013

          CEE 3880 - Civil Engineering Design I, Spring 2013

          CEE 4880 - Civil Engineering Design III, Spring 2013

          CEE 6450 - Hydrologic Modeling, Spring 2013

          CEE 4870 - Civil Engineering Design II, Fall 2012

          CEE 5001,6001 - Field Irrigation Systems Design and Evaluation, Fall 2012

          CEE 5450,6450 - Hydrologic Modeling, Spring 2012

          CEE 3030 - Uncertainty in Engineering Analysis, Spring 2012

          CEE 4870 - Civil Engineering Design II, Fall 2011

          CEE 3030 - UNCERT ENGR ANALYSIS, Spring 2011

          CEE 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2010


          Graduate Students Mentored

          Salbir Limbu, Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 2016
          Silvia Landa, Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 2014 - August 2016