Agricultural and Natural Resources Engineering


Increasing population and shifting climate and social patterns raise major concerns for global food security.  Increased production and intensification of both plant and animal agriculture to address these concerns will require greater use of automation and precision management to improve resource use efficiency and overall sustainability.

California is a leader in specialty crop production with more than 400 commodities and an annual worth of more than $47 billion, but this production is also labor, energy and nutrient intensive and relies heavily on irrigation.  Significant opportunities exist for new and smarter engineered production systems to help maintain the competitiveness of the state’s agricultural industry.

Agricultural and Natural Resources Engineering Faculty

Andre DeccacheAndre Daccache, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
3052 Bainer Hall | | Faculty Website
Water resources management; irrigation engineering; crop and climate change modeling; hydraulic engineering.
Irwin Donis-GonzalezIrwin Donis-Gonzalez, Ph.D
Cooperative Extension Specialist
3024 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-8986 | | Faculty Website
Postharvest systems engineering; noninvasive evaluation of product quality; food safety; education and extension for postharvest systems
Fadi FathallahFadi Fathallah, Ph.D
3020 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-1612 | | Faculty Website
Exposure assessment and development of interventions for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders among agricultural workers; basic understanding of the effects of stooped postures and stooped work on the spine; biomechanics of ladders in agriculture.
Ken D. GilesKen D. Giles, Ph.D
2030 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-0687 | | Faculty Website
Spray applications, including pesticide spraying and industrial spray coatings. Reduction of spray drift and environmental contamination.
Mark GrismerMark Grismer, Ph.D
209 Veihmeyer Hall | (530) 304-5797 | | Faculty Website
My primary research efforts are driven by practical environmental problems facing land and resource managers and discovery of the underlying processes affecting derivation of development of applicable methods or solutions to these problems. My focus remains largely directed at gaining a better understanding of hillslope hydrology, wetland and irrigation/drainage processes in the field.

Tien-Chieh HungTien-Chieh Hung, Ph.D
Assistant Adjunct Professor
3034 Bainer Hall | (209) 830-9803 | | Faculty Website
Prof. Hung works in the area of aquacultural engineering including computational fluid dynamics and biomimetic design of particle filtration systems. He also is Director of the Fish Conservation and Culture Laboratory at Byron, California and manages the refuge population of the endangered Delta smelt.
Bryan JenkinsBryan Jenkins, Ph.D
Professor and Department Chair
2030 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-5084 | | Faculty Website
Energy systems in agriculture, biomass fuel production, thermal conversion, and environmental impacts; combustion and gasification of biomass fuels; properties of fuels; system models.
Farzaneh KhorsandiFarzaneh Khorsandi, Ph.D
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist
3038 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-7848 | | Faculty Website
Ag Safety & Health (Engineering Control), Agricultural Machine Systems (Design and Test), Instrumentation, Finite Element Analysis, Agricultural Mechanization.
Isaya KisekkaIsaya Kisekka, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
119 Veihmeyer Hall | (530) 752-1130 | | Faculty Website
Agricultural water management, irrigation engineering; hydrology, crop modeling and decision support; global food security.
Kurt KornbluthKurt Kornbluth, Ph.D
Assistant Adjunct Professor
3050 Bainer Hall | | Faculty Website
Development of technologies for efficient use of energy in various contexts. Application of innovative technologies to solving problems in developing areas of the world including engineering research as well as social and economic issues related to the needs and uses of energy.
Alireza (Ali) PourrezaAlireza (Ali) Pourreza, Ph.D
Mechanization Engineering Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
3042 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-9290 | | Faculty Website
Precision agriculture/horticulture; agricultural mechanization; machine vision; agricultural robotics and automation; big data, hyperspectral/multispectral imaging; remote sensing and GIS.
Mir ShafiiMir Shafii, Ph.D
Continuing Lecturer
3034 Bainer Hall | (530) 754-7905 | | Faculty Website
Teaching Applied Biological Systems Technology (ABT) courses at Western Center for Agricultural Equipment (WCAE).
David SlaughterDavid Slaughter, Ph.D
3042 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-5553 | | Faculty Website
Instrumentation and postharvest engineering for biological materials; packaging, handling, storage and transportation of agricultural commodities; nondestructive measurement of the quality and composition of biological materials; robotics, control and vision systems.
Shrini UpadhyayaShrini Upadhyaya, Ph.D
3036 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-8770 | | Faculty Website
Precision agriculture or SSCM, Sensor development, Instrumentation, Machinery design, Variability and mapping, GIS, Mathematical Modeling of biological and physical processes, Soil dynamics, Tillage, Traction, Soil compaction, and Infiltration and irrigation management.
Stavros VougioukasStavros Vougioukas, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
3054 Bainer Hall | (530) 752-1890 | | Faculty Website
Professor Vougioukas works in the area of mechanization and automation of specialty crops, focusing on the design, development, and testing of actuators, sensors and control systems for optimal management of inputs and products.