Executive Committee and Staff
Dr. Allan A. Andales is a Professor and Extension Specialist of Irrigation and Water Science in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University (CSU). He has a joint appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Dr. Auvermann is the Resident Director and a professor at Texas A&M. He specializes in livestock air quality, manure management and water quality. His projects include advanced wastewater management, hydrology, and aquaponics in agriculture operations.
Texas A&M University
Kathy Boomer joined the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) in July 2019 and is responsible for developing programs in sustainable water management. Boomer has extensive experience in landscape modeling and watershed research and a passion for advancing science-based decision-making in resource managemente.
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Dr. Devlin is the Director of the Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment. His research focuses on soil sustainability, water quality, and designing best management practices for nutrients, sediments, and pesticides related to water quality impact; watershed level water quality, and GIS.
Kansas State University
Dr. Friell joined The Toro Company in 2014 and serves as Senior Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Technology, Research & Innovation. As a member of the CTRI team, he is working to address Green Industry challenges through innovative technology and solutions.
The Toro Company
Warren Gorowitz is the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Hunter Industries. He has led sustainability efforts including controller recycling programs, ground-level work with the EPA’s WaterSense program and development of the Water and Sustainability Innovation Award.
Deborah Hamlin is the CEO of the Irrigation Association. She has extensive experience in trade orginizations. Under her leadership the Irrigation Association has shifted its focus on efficient irrigation, and promoting the advancement of environmentally and energy efficient irrigation systems for agriculture and landscape.
Charles Hillyer, PhD is the Director of the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at California State University, Fresno. He has over 20 years of experience developing software systems and tools for agriculture, with 13 of those years focused on irrigation management and deficit irrigation.
California State University, Fresno
Dr. Neale’s specialty is in remote sensing applications for irrigated agriculture, hydrology, and natural resources monitoring. He developed a low-cost airborne remote sensing system used in the western U.S. to map spatially distributed energy balance and evapotranspiration of riparian and agricultural vegetation.
Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, University of Nebraska
Aric Olson, the president of Jain Irrigation, Inc. (Fresno, CA) has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and an MBA to go along with 15+ years of manufacturing company experience. He is a Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist and Certified Irrigation Designer by the Irrigation Association.
Jain Irrigation, Inc,
Dr. Tim Martin is the Executive Director of the Irrigation Innovation Consortium. Martin has engaged science, engineering, and information technology research and applications in irrigation and water management, soil and crop management, and modeling; GIS and remote sensing; and data and knowledge management.
Dr. Smith is an agricultural and water resources engineer. Wade Water LLC is a closely-held firm providing consulting services in SCADA, efficient water delivery, and irrigation design. Stephen founded Aqua Engineering, Inc. in 1975.
Wade Water LLC., FFAR Water Advisory Council
AJ Brown is the Assistant Director of the Irrigation Innovation Consortium. AJ is working towards a doctoral degree at Colorado State University. He also works on a USAID funded international project that studies regional irrigation practices, soil salinity, and how each affects crop growth in the Arkansas Valley of Colorado, and the Sindh region of Pakistan
Dr. José Luis Chávez is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Colorado State University. His research include smapping/modeling spatially distributed crop water use (ET), crop water management, irrigation scheduling, systems efficiency, and precision irrigation.
Susie Hutton has a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and a 2 year certificate in cinematography. Prior to joining the Irrigation Innovation Consortium, she worked producing educational and promotional videos for Extension at Colorado State University.
Amy Kremen earned her MSc in soil science studying nitrogen capture and turnover from Brassica cover crops. Amy has worked in as a farmer, researcher, writer, editor and policy consultant. She is the project manager Ogallala Coordinated Agriculture Project and the Colorado Master Irrigator Program.