Research Interests

Translational research in water and agriculture engineering is of incredible importance in the world today.  The need is great worldwide for scientists and engineers to manage and protect resources.  Of special importance related to sustainable water use is the water/food/energy nexus, as the 70-90% of global freshwater supplies are diverted for use in agriculture, and considerable energy resources are utilized in this endeavor.  In my research, my overarching goal is to contribute to the discovery, development, and implementation of sustainable technologies for water and food security.  I am driven to produce highly impactful, translational, application-oriented research results that develop and spin-out into technologies of impact.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • PhD., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2017
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, USA, 2006
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, USA, 2004

Professional Profile

  • 2018-present: Post-doctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2017: Ph.D. Student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia      
  • 2013-2014: Intern, Technology Advancement and Application Group (TAAG), KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2006-2013: Environmental Consulting Engineer, Wenck Associates, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • 2004-2006: Student Researcher, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, USA  

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers (ASABE)
  • International Society for Horticulture Science (ISHS)


  • Sponsored Speaker, Agritech Aquaculture and Food Safety Forum, Oman, 2018
  • Selected as "Visiting Scientist" for the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture, 2018
  • Chosen for "Best Poster Award," European Desalination Association, EuroMED 2015, 2015
  • Selected as American Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers' (ASABE) "New Face of Engineering" Professional Nominee, 2009
  • Won Air and Waste Management Association's (AWMA) student research poster contest, 2005             

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)