Current Graduate Students

Sandeep Bhatti (Ph.D. student)

Sandeep did his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India. During this degree, he developed specific interests in irrigation engineering, water conservation, watershed management, groundwater storage, and related subjects. He decided to pursue his master's degree and received an opportunity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the supervision of Dr. Derek Heeren. He graduated with his M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering in December 2018, with the thesis "Variable Rate Irrigation Using a Spatial Evapotranspiration Model With Remote Sensing Imagery and Soil Water Content Measurements." Sandeep is now working on his Ph.D. with Dr. Heeren. (More on Sandeep's story here.)

Jasreman Singh (Ph.D. student)

I completed my undergraduate degree in Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural Engineering, Ludhiana, India. As a part of my program, I developed an ardent desire to focus towards sustainability of water resources by focusing on agricultural water requirement and adoption of an effective irrigation system. I received a golden opportunity to pursue graduate studies at University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the supervision of Dr. Daran Rudnick and graduated with M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering in December 2017, with the thesis "Performance assessment of electromagnetic soil water sensors in different soil textural, temperature, and salinity conditions." The findings from these studies have been published in peer-reviewed journals (Google_scholar_J.Singh). As a part of my Ph.D. research project, I am working towards the overall goal of advancement of irrigation technologies across Nebraska through improved net water use efficiency of irrigated, row crop agriculture supported by unmanned aerial systems through remote sensing, integrated sensor network systems including soil moisture sensors, and adaptive modeling and simulation. The research will integrate information technology to develop best practices for variable rate irrigation decisions in large crop production areas and growing seasons. I am co-advised by Dr. Yufeng Ge and Dr. Derek Heeren. (More on my story here).

Pradhyun Kashyap (M.S. student)

"As long as Mankind exists, there will be a need for food. To grow food abundantly everywhere and for everyone is a challenge today." I am Suresh Pradhyun Kashyap, and I completed my bachelors in Agricultural Engineering from Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Telangana, India. Coming from a non-agricultural background, I was always interested in taking up research related to the areas of irrigation and GIS-based approaches in precision technology to improve present agricultural practices. During my bachelors, I did a major Telangana State Govt. project on "Wind Energy as an Alternate Resource: GIS Assessment and Analysis.” Also, I did my bachelors thesis on "Integrated Natural Resource Management Planning for Atmakur Mega Watershed using Geo-Spatial Technologies,” which aided in planning check dams, canals, and restoration of existing water harvesting structures. These two major projects had me interested in further studies, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the perfect fit to continue my research in the fields of irrigation and remote sensing. Currently, I am pursuing an M.S. in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering, working on the topic "High-Frequency Unmanned Aircraft Flights for Crop Canopy Imaging During Moisture Stress and Subsequent Irrigation,” co-advised by Dr. Derek Heeren and Dr. Wayne Woldt (Emerita). Learn more about my project here.

Jamie Duan (Ph.D. student)

I received my bachelor’s degree in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering at Hohai University, Nanjing, China. I had a deep recognition of the worldwide water shortage and pollution from my undergraduate study, which inspired my determination to continue research of hydrology and water resource as a master's student. I did my master’s degree at Texas A&M University, where I participated in ecohydrology research. My master’s thesis was “Influence of land-use change and agriculture practices on water, carbon, and energy fluxes.” However, many problems that appeared in my graduate research told me that I should dive deeper into research to get to the solutions. I received an opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I am now co-advised by Dr. Daran Rudnick and Dr. Derek Heeren.