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Alfonso Torres

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Civil and Environmental Engineering


Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
DialPhone: 435-797-0397

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


Precision agriculture (evapotranspiration, soil moisture, nutrients). Data mining for spatial estimations and forecasting in water resources, UAV applications and sensor development for agriculture.


Dr. Torres-Rua is a specialist in Irrigation Engineering and agricultural applications through the use of remote sensing sources (UAV or satellites) and physical and data mining applications, as well as vertical integration of UAVs and satellites.

Teaching Interests

Teaching interest are related to fundamentals of irrigation engineering, remote sensing theory and applications, data mining, agricultural water structures.

Research Interests

My research interests are development of scientific grade UAVs, UAV-Satellite remote sensing integration, Beyond line-of-sight scientific UAVs, High-resolution Evapotranspiration and Biomass monitoring and data mining applications.

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                  Scheduled Teaching

                  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

                  News Releases

                  Viticulture from Space: USU-NASA Study Analyzes Vineyard Water Use

                  Dr. Alfonso Torres-Rua

                  Published in Utah State Engineer – Oct. 2, 2017 – In drought-prone Central California, grape producers are looking for new ways to improve crop production with less water. And it’s not just winemakers feeling the pinch. The citrus groves, nut orchards and alfalfa fields of tomorrow will depend on an increasingly sophisticated toolkit to get the most out of the region’s precious water resources.