Dr. Garcia is Director of IDS and Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University. He received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his B.S. and Masters in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is the founder of the Integrated Decision Support group, a multidisciplinary research group that is part of The Water Center at Colorado State. At the present time Dr. Garcia is involved in the development of a number of Decision Support Systems in the area of consumptive use estimation, irrigation water management, and conjunctive irrigation and drainage design. Garcia joined Colorado State as an assistant professor in March 1991. Dr. Garcia has also served as associate director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station at Colorado State and has worked as a consultant for numerous government organizations. Dr. Garcia has done international work in the area of water resources in Italy, Netherlands, and Austria and in the area of drainage in Egypt and India. He has worked extensively on water issues in the West and has worked on several projects with the US Bureau of Reclamation. Overall he has directed over 75 projects around the US and overseas. Since 1995 he has developed tools for water demand estimation and well augmentation requirements and engaged in dynamic collaboration with water managers in the South Platte River Basin in Colorado. The computer tools have been widely adopted in Colorado and other western states, including by the Colorado State Engineer. He has published numerous refereed journal articles, two of which have been awarded the Best Research Paper Award by the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage of the American Society of Civil Engineers (1996 and 1999) and one was awarded the Best Honorable Paper Award (2008). He is an active member of the US Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Society for Engineering in Agriculture, Food and Biological Systems (ASABE).
Other Research Interests
Water resources planning and management
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