Alfonso Torres-Rua

Water

Assistant Professor


Alfonso  Torres-Rua

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
Office Location: UWRL 234A
Phone: 435-797-0397
Email: alfonso.torres@usu.edu
Additional Information:

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

A Peruvian-born faculty, specialized in remote sensing water estimation in agricultural, natural, and urban areas using drones and satellites using physical and data-driven models. Member of the Utah Water Research Laboratory [uwrl.usu.edu] and AggieAir UAV Research Program [uwrl.usu.edu/aggieair].

Teaching Interests

Currently I teach CEE 5190/6190 GIS for Civil Engineering and CEE 5003/6003 Remote Sensing for Land Surfaces. I also conduct Directed Readings (in Fall semesters) with a major focus in evapotranspiration and irrigation.

Research Interests

I conduct investigation on advances in plant water use and stress from a spatial perspective (remote sensing technology, approaches, and applications). In technology, using ground, UAVs, and satellite combined technologies and data to validate, harmonize, and enhance agricultural information. In approaches, physical, data-driven, and hybrid algorithms, to account for the influence of weather, crops, soils, and human. Finally, in applications, water balance components and biotic stressors estimation to address end user’s information needs.

Awards

(Student) Karem Meza: Spring Runoff Conference - Poster Competition, 2022

Utah State University

(Student) Oliver Hargreaves: Spring Runoff Conference - Poster Competition, 2022

Utah State University

(Student) Karem Meza: HydroLearn Educational Development Training, 2021

National Science Foundation

HydroLearn Educational Development Training, 2021

National Science Foundation

(Student) Karem Meza: College of Engineering Outstanding Student Spotlight, 2021

Utah State University

(Student) Rui Gao: Runner Up Award SPIE Conference, 2021

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

CEE Department Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2020

Utah State University

(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) Tyler Jackson: Outstanding Pre-Professional, 2020

USU College of Engineering

(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

Nominee to the EPA FY 2020 membership for the Agricultural Sciences Committee , 2019

Environmental Protection Agency

Top 2017-2018 Downloaded Article, 2019

Irrigation and Drainage Journal - Wiley

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

Utah State University

UWRL Outstanding Faculty Spotlight, 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

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    Publications | Journal Articles

    Academic Journal

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    Publications | MultiMedia

    Software

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    Publications | Technical Reports

    Research Reports

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    Publications | Other

    Other

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      Teaching

      CEE 5190, 6190 - Geographic Information Systems for Civil Engineers, Spring 2022
      CEE, PSC 5003, 6003 - Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Spring 2022
      CEE 5190, 6190 - Geographic Information Systems for Civil Engineers, Spring 2021
      CEE, PSC 5003, 6003 - Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces, Spring 2021
      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

      Katherine Osorio, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2022 - December 2025
      Karem Meza-Capcha, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2021 - December 2024
      Rui Gao, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2020 - December 2023
      Laura Christiansen, Civil & Environmental Engr, June 2021 - December 2022
      Oliver Hargreaves, Civil & Environmental Engr, January 2021 - December 2022
      Ayman Nassar, Civil & Environmental Engr, August 2017 - August 2021
      Mahyar Aboutalebi, Civil & Environmental Engr, July 2016 - August 2020

      News Releases

      Closing the Gap

      AggieAir is part of several new projects funded by the Almond Board of California and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to use a variety of tools including drones, hyperspectral imagery, eddy covariance systems, and, of course, field-based...


      Recent Research & Projects

      All UWRL Projects