Classes

Dr. Chávez is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and an Irrigation Specialist with Extension at Colorado State University. He has teaching, research, and extension responsibilities. He teaches CIVE 512 Irrigation Systems Design, CIVE 519 Irrigation Water Management, CIVE 549 Drainage and Wetlands Engineering, and is part of the course CIVE 525 Water Engineering for International Development.


Teaching: Classes Taught

Year Semester Course No. Credit Hrs.
2015 Spring CIVE 549, Drainage and Wetlands Engineering 3
2015 Spring CIVE 695J, Independent Study: Bioresources Agricultural Engineering (Evapotranspiration) 2
2014 Fall CIVE 519, Irrigation Water Management 3
2014 Spring CIVE 695J, Independent Study – Bioresources Agricultural Engineering (remote sensing of crop evapotranspiration) 3
2014 Spring CIVE 512, Irrigation Systems Design 3
2013 Spring CIVE 549, Drainage and Wetlands Engineering 3
2013 Fall CIVE 519, Irrigation Water Management 3
2013 Fall CIVE 525* 3
2012 Spring CIVE 549, Drainage and Wetlands Engineering 3
2012 Fall CIVE 512, Irrigation Systems Design 3
2012 Fall CIVE 525* 3
2011 Fall CIVE581A3, Irrigation Water Management 3
2010 Fall CIVE 512, Irrigation Systems Design 3
2010 Fall CIVE 525* 3
2010 Fall CIVE 695J, Independent Study: Bioresources Agricultural Engineering (Irrigation water conservation) 2

*CIVE 525 - Water engineering for international development. This course was team taught. I was responsible for the last 25% of the content (4 weeks). It was an interdisciplinary course (i.e., water distribution 50%, sanitation 25%, and irrigation 25%)

Course Syllabi

Syllabi for CIVE 519, 512, and 549 are included below after a brief description of courses.

CIVE 519 (Irrigation Water Management) is a graduate level course; both offered to resident and off-campus (distance program through CSU Online Plus) students. This course prepares the student to apply basic soil, plant, water, and atmospheric engineering principles for the purpose of determining the crop water need (use), or evapotranspiration (ET), both in time and amounts, to sustain agricultural production while protecting the environment. The course covers a range of methods and instrumentation available to determine ET (crop water requirements), irrigation scheduling, and effective water use, including remote sensing of ET.

CIVE 512 (Irrigation Systems Design) is also a graduate level course offered to resident and distance students. This course provides an understanding of basic engineering principles and procedures which are necessary for the successful selection, design and operation of pressurized and surface (free flow) irrigation systems. This course was adapted/updated from an existing course. New software for design and evaluation were introduced in the course program as well as problem exercises using MS Excel spreadsheets.

CIVE 549 (Drainage and Wetlands Engineering) is also a graduate level course offered to resident and distance students. This course is a drainage and wetlands design program for agricultural and natural resources applications. The course addresses water table modification for nonpoint sources pollution control. This course was adapted/updated from an existing course. A drainage software for design and evaluation was introduced in the course program as well as problem exercises using MS Excel spreadsheets.