Many countries around the world are struggling with the challenges of water scarcity, including water for crops. Micro irrigation methods are an effective means to make the most efficient use of available water. This new volume, Micro Irrigation Scheduling and Practices, continues the efforts of the book series Innovations and Challenges in Micro Irrigation to provide informative and comprehensive knowledge on micro irrigation methods and practices.
About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Megh R. Goyal,PhD, PE
Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Senior Acquisitions Editor, Biomedical Engineering and Agricultural Science, Apple Academic Press, Inc.
Megh R. Goyal, PhD, PE, is a Retired Professor in Agricultural and Biomedical Engineering from the General Engineering Department in the College of Engineering at University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Campus; and Senior Acquisitions Editor and Senior Technical EditorinChief in Agriculture and Biomedical Engineering for Apple Academic Press Inc. He has worked as a Soil Conservation Inspector and as a Research Assistant at Haryana Agricultural University and Ohio State University. He was the first agricultural engineer to receive the professional license in Agricultural Engineering in 1986 from the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico. On September 16, 2005, he was proclaimed as “Father of Irrigation Engineering in Puerto Rico for the twentieth century” by the ASABE, Puerto Rico Section, for his pioneering work on micro irrigation, evapotranspiration, agroclimatology, and soil and water engineering. During his professional career of 45 years, he has received many prestigious awards. A prolific author and editor, he has written more than 200 journal articles and textbooks and has edited over 25 books. He received his BSc degree in engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India; his MSc and PhD degrees from Ohio State University, Columbus; and his Master of Divinity degree from Puerto Rico Evangelical Seminary, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, USA.
Balram Panigrahi, PhD
Professor and Head, Soil and Water Conservation Engineering, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India
Dr. Balram Panigrahi is an agricultural engineer with specialization in soil and water engineering. Dr. Panigrahi is presently Professor and Head of the Department of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (SWCE) at the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology (CAET), Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), in Bhubaneswar, India. He also served as Chief Scientist of the Water Management Project and Associate Director of Research in Regional Research Station of OUAT.
Dr. Panigrahi has published about 180 technical papers in different international and national journals and conference proceedings. He has written several book chapters, practical manuals, and monographs. He has also written two textbooks in the field of irrigation engineering. He has been awarded with 14 gold medals and awards, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for best postgraduate research in the field of natural resources management by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi; the Samanta Chandra Sekhar Award for best scientist in the state of Odisha, India; and the Gobinda Gupta Award as outstanding engineer of the state of Odisha, given by the Institution of Engineers (India), Odisha state center. He has also received a Japanese Master Fellowship for pursuing a master of engineering study at the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. In additional to being a reviewer and an editorial board member of several journals, he is the member of a number of professional societies at national and international levels. He has chaired several international and national conferences both in India and abroad. With 26 years of of teaching and research experience, he has guided several PhD and many MTech students. Dr. Panigrahi’s research interests include irrigation and drainage engineering, water management in rainfed and irrigated commands, and modeling of irrigation systems.
He obtained his BTech in agricultural engineering from Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India, and his Master of Engineering in water resources engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. He was awarded this PhD in agricultural engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India.
Sudhindra N. Panda, PhD
Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chennai, India
Dr. Sudhindra Nath Panda is currently Director of the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chennai, India. Earlier he was a Professor of Land and Water Resources Engineering at the Agricultural and Food Engineering Department of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India. He has nearly 33 years of professional experience in teaching, research, extension, and training activities at several institutions, including IIT Kharagpur; the Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar, India; the Water and Land Management Institute, Cuttack, India, and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, in several capacities, including Professor, Associate Professor, Reader (Engineering), Senior Scientist, and Assistant Professor. He was also a Visiting Researcher at the Division of Climatology and Water Resources, Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University, Tottori, Japan.
Prof. Panda is currently the Director (Soil and Water Engineering) of the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers, New Delhi, India. He is an editorial board member of various journals and a member or fellow of many professional groups. He was the Founder and Head of the School of Water Resources, IIT Kharagpur, where he was instrumental in developing the course curriculum, basic infrastructure, laboratories, computational facilities, faculty recruitment, and creating job opportunities of MTech (water management) students. As a coordinator, Prof. Panda was instrumental in an arrangement of signing MOU between IIT Kharagpur and two German universities.
Prof. Panda is the recipient of various national and international awards and honors from various organizations and has handled almost a dozen international and national research projects. He has edited a workshop proceedings and written and published numerous research bulletins, book chapter, journal articles, conference presentations, and training manuals. He has chaired several international and national conferences both in India and abroad and has organized conferences and workshops. Panda is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in the field of systems approaches for integrated land and water resources planning and management and rainwater conservation and reuse for climate resilient agriculture. The field experimental setup at IIT Kharagpur on rainwater conservation and reuse technology, developed by Prof. Panda, has influenced farmers and NGOs of eastern India for its largescale adoption in rainfed agriculture.
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