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Alejandro Andrade-Rodriguez

Assistant Professor


My research interests are focused on improving the management of irrigation water resources used in arid and semi-arid regions through the application of advanced engineering methods and technologies. Some of the topics I’m interested in are:

  • Precision irrigation (apply variable amounts of water to fields based on individual crop water needs)
  • Irrigation scheduling (determine when, how much, and where to irrigate)
  • Application of artificial intelligence and optimization methods for the solution of complex problems in water and irrigation management
  • Development of easy-to-use Decision Support Systems that help farmers to reduce water use while maintaining yields


B.S. Universidad Autonoma Chapingo, 2007
M.S. University of Arizona, 2011
Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded Excellence in Technology Transfer Award from United States Federal Laboratory Consortium (2020)
  • Awarded Technology Focus Award from United States Federal Laboratory Consortium (2020)
  • Awarded Vanguard Award from Irrigation Association (2020)

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Book Chapter(s)
Deficit irrigation and site-specific irrigation scheduling techniques to minimize water use. O’Shaughnessy, S., and Andrade, M. 2018, In Oweis, T. (Ed.), Water management for sustainable agriculture. Cambridge, UK: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing.
Fact Sheets
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Sorghum Production in Nevada
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Walia, M., Yerka, M., Washington-Allen, R., Andrade-Rodriguez, M., and McCuin, G. 2021, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-09
Machine Learning Approach for the Estimation of Alfalfa Hay Crop Yield in Northern Nevada Quintero, D. D., Andrade-Rodriguez, M. A., Cholula, U. & Solomon, J. A 2023, AgriEngineering 5(4), 1943–1954
Forecasting of canopy temperatures using machine learning algorithms Manuel A Andrade, Susan A. O’Shaughnessy, Steven R. Evett 2022, Journal of the ASABE. 66(2): 297-305
Solar node and gateway wireless system functions in record breaking polar vortex outbreak of February 2021. Evett, S. R., Thompson, A., I., Schomberg, H. H., Andrade-Rodriguez, M. A., & Anderson, J. 2021, Agrosystems Geosciences & Environment, 4(4)
Comparison of precision and conventional irrigation management of cotton and impact of soil texture. Vories, E., O’Shaughnessy, S., Sudduth, K., Evett, S., Andrade-Rodriguez, M., & Drummond, S. 2021, Precision Agriculture, 22, pages414–431
Using an integrated crop water stress index for irrigation scheduling of two corn hybrids in a semi-arid region. O’Shaughnessy, S., Andrade, M., Evett, S. 2017, Irrigation Science, 31(5), 451–467
Mixing at junctions in distribution systems: an experimental study. Song, I., Romero-Gomez, P., Andrade, M., Mondaca, M., Choi, C. 2017, Urban Water Journal, 9006, 1–7
Enhanced Artificial Neural Networks Estimating Water Quality Constraints for the Optimal Water Distribution Systems Design. Andrade, M., Choi, C., Lansey, K., Jung, D. 2016, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 142(9).
Lay or Popular Publications
An Irrigation Scheduling SCADA System. O’Shaughnessy, S., Andrade, M., Evett, S., Colaizzi, P.. 2016, Resource Magazine, 23(4), 10-11