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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

Dr. Torres-Rua is an Irrigation Engineer and part of the USDA GRAPEX (Grape Remote sensing Atmospheric Profile and Evapotranspiration eXperiment) project in California. Dr. Torres-Rua has also served in NASA and NSF/USDA review panels. He is a member of the NASA funded OpenET project as part of the advisory board for water management information access by end users (state agencies, irrigators, researchers) for the West US. He is also part of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) in the Autonomous Air and Ground Sensing Systems for Agricultural Optimization and Phenotyping section.


Teaching Interests

Irrigation Engineering, Remote Sensing, UAV applications, Data Mining, Agricultural Water Management.

Research Interests

Dr. Torres-Rua’s is focused on agricultural water management from a spatial perspective. Therefore, his 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 are 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, variability of crops and soils, and human management interactions.

Awards

Top 2017-2018 Downloaded Article, 2019

Irrigation and Drainage Journal - Wiley

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

Utah State University

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

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

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

NSF /Minnesota State University

Mahyar Aboutalebi: UWRL Outstanding Student Spotlight, 2019

Utah State University

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

Research project funded by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF)

Mahyar Aboutalebi: Remote Sensing 2018 Outstanding Reviewer Awards, 2019

Remote Sensing Editorial Board and Editorial Team Journal

Ayman Nassar: AWWA Intermountain Section Scholarship, 2019

AWWA

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

Utah State University

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'

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

AWRA

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

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              Publications - Technical Reports

                Research Reports

              • Torres-Rua, A., (2018). Verification of Water Conservation from Deficit Irrigation Pilot Projects in the Upper Colorado River Basin. *

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  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

                  Ayman Nassar, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2017 - May 2021
                  Mahyar Aboutalebi, Civil & Environmental Engineering, July 2016 - May 2020