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Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Isaya Kisekka | Assistant Professor

Photo of Isaya KisekkaPh.D. - 2013, University of Florida
Agricultural Engineering
M.Sc. - 2009, University of Florida
Agricultural Engineering
B.Sc. - 2002, Makerere University
Agricultural Engineering

Contact Information
Southwest Research and Extension Center

4500 E. Mary St.
Garden City, KS 67846
Water Management Research Website

Professional Experience
Dr. Kisekka received his doctorate and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from University of Florida in 2013 and 2009, respectively. He received his bachelor's degree in 2003 in agricultural engineering from Makerere University in Uganda. Kisekka’s career started in the private sector as an irrigation engineer with Balton (U) Ltd. from 2002 to 2004. From 2004 to 2007, Kisekka worked as a research officer for the National Agricultural Research Organization of Uganda. In 2007, he decided to begin graduate school at the University of Florida. In August 2013, Kisekka joined the faculty at K-State as an assistant professor of irrigation and water management. He is based at the Southwest Research-Extension Center in Garden City, Kansas.

Kisekka’s research program focuses on developing precision irrigation technologies and agricultural water management strategies for improving water productivity and profitability of water limited cropping systems. His current work has focused on the semi-arid US Central High Plains where water supplies for irrigation are constrained due to declines in groundwater levels in the Ogallala aquifer. Dr. Kisekka’s research group has led the development and evaluation of a hybrid system that integrates drip irrigation with center pivot sprinkler irrigation called Mobile Drip Irrigation (MDI). Dr. Kisekka’s work has shown that MDI can reduce nonproductive evaporative losses resulting in improved water productivity. His research group also generated experimental data on crop-water-evapotranspiration relationships. Dr. Kisekka’s group is also involved in improvement and application of crop simulation models as tools for transferring experimental data to different environments, climate, and management practices. This work has led to the development of a dynamic model-driven decision support tool (iCrop) that can be used for optimizing water allocation, irrigation scheduling, climate change impact assessment, and assessing profitability. Dr. Kisekka’s extension/outreach activities are informed by his research and involve directly working with farmers by helping them adopt sustainable water management strategies and technologies that enhance profitability while minimizing risk.

Academic Highlights
Kisekka has authored/co-authored 14 journal papers, two book chapters, 15 conference proceedings, 17 research reports, 18 abstracts, and 10 extension bulletins. He has given more than 25 invited speaker talks at regional, national and international meetings. Kisekka’s innovative work was recognized by two major awards including the2016 New Innovator Award from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research and ASABE Blue Ribbon award in 2015. Kisekka was the recipient of the University of Florida outstanding thesis award 2009. Kisekka is currently mentoring one postdoctoral fellow and one Ph.D. graduate student. He also served as a committee member for one completed master's thesis.