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Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Mahbub Alam


Ph.D. - 1985, Colorado State University
M.S. - 1978, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Irrigation Engineering
B.S. - 1961, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Agricultural Engineering

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Since 1996 I have been an Irrigation and Water Management Specialist with Kansas State University Research and Extension. My major emphasis is in irrigation systems and management. I provide leadership and support for irrigation technology and water management educational programs for county extension agents. From 1988 to 1995, I was on the faculty at Colorado State University and worked as an irrigation specialist for the Colorado River Salinity Control Project. Prior to immigrating to the USA, I was the Principal Scientific Officer in charge of the Soils and Irrigation Engineering Division for the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council. My current educational programs focus on ET-based irrigation scheduling, subsurface drip irrigation and evaluation of center pivot sprinkler irrigation systems for distribution uniformity and efficiency. I am involved with the Mobile Irrigation Lab (MIL) program and assist in technology transfer. I am also active in the Ogallala Initiative Project focusing on water use issues in the Ogallala aquifer areas. I am involved in livestock wastewater and manure utilization projects to develop BMPs to avoid groundwater pollution. I am also actively involved in international agricultural programs and currently provide assistance to the Department of Irrigation and Drainage at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, China, and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Dhaka, Bangladesh. My efforts were recognized when I was selected as a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. State Department in 2003.