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Alfonso Torres-Rua Ph.D.

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Irrigation

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
DialPhone: 435-797-0397
SendEmail: alfonso.torres@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Civil Engineering, (Water Resources), Utah State University, 2011
Bayesian Data-Driven Models for Irrigation Water Management
MS, Irrigation Engineering, Utah State University, 2006
Transition Submergence and Hysteresis Effects in three-foot Cutthroat Flumes
BS, Agricultural Engineering, (Water Resources), La Molina National Agrarian University, 2000
Technical and Economic Assessment of a Drip Irrigation System in the Fund Agrocurumuy, Piura

Biography

I received my BS from La Molina National Agrarian University in Peru and my MS and Ph.D. from USU in Irrigation and Civil Engineering respectively. I worked in federal level organizations in Peru for several years.


Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are in the fundamentals and advances of water use monitoring and forecasting in agriculture, natural, and urban areas. My major focus is educating on the use of sensors and spatial information to support questions from farmers, water managers as well as new computational advances to produce real-time information.

Research Interests

I am focused on agricultural water management from a spatial perspective. Therefore, my main efforts are in the technology, applications, and approaches of remote sensing for agriculture and water. In technology, using ground, UAVs, and satellite combined technologies and data is necessary to validate, harmonize, and enhance agricultural information. In applications, estimation and forecasting of water balance components and biotic stressors occurrence is the base for providing answers to end user’s information needs. And lastly, in approaches, physical, data-driven, and hybrid solutions are needed, due to weather and climate patterns, the variability of crops and soils, and human management interactions.

Awards

(Student) Ayman Nassar: Best Paper Award SPIE Conference, 2020

SPIE 'Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping V'

(Student) Ayman Nassar: UWRL Outstanding Student Spotlight, 2020

Utah State University

(Student) Ayman Nassar: National Science Foundation FAIR Cyber Training , 2020

National Science Foundation / Purdue University

(Student) Mahyar Aboutalebi Outstanding Ph.D. Scholar of the Year, 2020

Utah State University

(Student) Ayman Nassar - College of Engineering Technical Writing Competition, 2020

Utah State University

(Student) Ayman Nassar: Travel Scholarship Eighth International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8), 2020

National Science Foundation

Visiting Professor- Agricultural Engineering, 2019

La Molina National Agrarian University

Faculty Development Symposium Scholarship, 2019

National Science Foundation

Top 2017-2018 Downloaded Article, 2019

Irrigation and Drainage Journal - Wiley

(Student) Paolo Consalvo Utah State University Honors Research Fund, 2019

Utah State University

(Student) Mahyar Aboutalebi: Best Paper Award at the 2019 SPIE Conference, 2019

SPIE 'Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping IV'

(Student) Tyler Jackson: ICER ACRES Summer Internship, 2019

National Science Foundation /Minnesota State University

(Student) Mahyar Aboutalebi: UWRL Outstanding Student Spotlight, 2019

Utah State University

(Student) Mahyar Aboutalebi: Cyberinfrastructure for Intelligent Water Supply (CIWS) Data Visualization Challenge, 2019

National Science Foundation (NSF)

(Student) Mahyar Aboutalebi: Remote Sensing 2018 Outstanding Reviewer Awards, 2019

Remote Sensing Editorial Board and Editorial Team Journal

(Student) Ayman Nassar: AWWA Intermountain Section Scholarship, 2019

American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

(Student) Tyler Jackson Utah State University Honors Research Fund, 2019

Utah State University

Faculty Development Symposium Scholarship, 2018

National Science Foundation

(Student) Mahyar Aboutalebi: Runner-up for Best Paper Award at the 2018 SPIE Conference, 2018

SPIE 'Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping III'

(Student) Mahyar Aboutalebi: J. Paul Riley AWRA Paper Competition, 2017

American Water Resources Association (AWRA)

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      * Has not been peer reviewed

      Publications - Fact Sheets

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Curriculum

          * Has not been peer reviewed

          Publications - Journal Articles

          * Has not been peer reviewed

          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Research Reports

            • Allen, L., Hipps, L.E, Torres-Rua, A., (2020). Depletion Accounting for Irrigation Water Rights in Utah. Utah Division of Water Resources *
            • Torres-Rua, A., (2018). Verification of Water Conservation from Deficit Irrigation Pilot Projects in the Upper Colorado River Basin. *

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Other

              * Has not been peer reviewed

              Scheduled Teaching

              CEE, PSC 5003, 6003 - Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Spring 2020

              CEE 6930, 5930 - Independent Study, Fall 2019

              CEE, PSC 5003, 6003 - Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Spring 2019

              CEE, PSC 5003, 6003 - Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Spring 2018

              CEE PSC 5003/6003 - Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Spring 2017


              Graduate Students Mentored

              Rui Gao, Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 2020 - December 2022
              Ayman Nassar, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2017 - May 2021
              Mahyar Aboutalebi, Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 2016 - August 2020