José Luis Chávez

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor Jose ChavezJosé Luis Chávez earned his B.S. in agricultural engineering from the Universidade Federal da Paraiba in Brazil in 1992. In 1999 Chávez received his M.S. degree in irrigation engineering from Utah State University. His Ph.D. was in biological and agricultural engineering from Utah State University in 2005. Chávez is an irrigation specialist. He has teaching, research, and extension responsibilities. His expertise is in irrigation water management, crop/vegetation water consumptive use (evapotranspiration, ET) determination and modeling, use of remote sensing for mapping ET, irrigation scheduling, irrigation systems design, irrigation systems efficiency, drainage and wetlands engineering, and precision irrigation. He teaches CIVE 512 Irrigation Systems Design, CIVE 519 Irrigation Water Management, and CIVE 549 Drainage and Wetlands Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the U.S. Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. His research interests include mapping/modeling spatially distributed crop water use (ET), crop water management, irrigation scheduling, irrigation systems efficiency, and precision irrigation.

Research Interests

  • Crop evapotranspiration modeling
  • Mapping crop water use (ET) using remote sensing imagery
  • Irrigation water management
  • Precision Irrigation
  • Irrigation scheduling
  • Irrigation Systems Design

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International Connections

  • Country: Spain
    Contact: Instituto Tecnico Agronomico Provincial de Albacete, Research relationship
  • Country: Spain
    Contact: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Research relationship
  • Country: Spain
    Contact: Agrifood Research and Technology Centre of Aragon, Zaragoza, Research relationship
  • Country: Chile
    Contact: Centro de Investigacion y Transferencia en Riego y Agroclimatologia (CITRA), Universidad de Talca, Research relationship
  • Country: Greece
    Contact: University of Thessaly, research in hydrology and water resources
  • Country: Pakistan
    Contact: University of Agriculture Faisalabad, irrigation water management

Contact Information

Office Location: Engineering B210
Phone: 970-491-6095
Fax: 970-491-7727

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Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S. 1992, Universidade Federal da Paraiba – Agricultural Engineering
  • M.S. 1999, Utah State University – Irrigation Engineering
  • Ph.D. 2005, Utah State University – Biolog. and Agric. Engineering