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Dr. Jack Keller - Founder (deceased 10 November 2013)


B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, 1953
M.S. Irrigation Engineering, Colorado State University, 1955
Ph.D. Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering, Utah State University, 1967


Dr. Keller has a unique blend of engineering experiences that include teaching, research, extension, and consulting. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the design, implementation, and management of irrigation systems. He is currently involved in consulting activities related to: efficient irrigated agricultural development; river basin water management and conservation planning; irrigation water monitoring, verification and conservation planning; and developing efficient low-cost irrigation technologies for small farms.

He is founder of Keller Bliesner Engineering LLC. He is also Professor Emeritus in the Biological and Irrigation Engineering Department at Utah State University, where he was Department Head between 1980 and 1986. Prior to becoming a professor at Utah State University in 1960, he was the Chief Irrigation Engineer in charge of product development for W.R. Ames Company, a leading U.S. manufacturer of irrigation equipment.

During his tenure at the Utah State, he taught and carried out research and consultation in sprinkle and trickle irrigation. Through his public and private activities, Keller has provided advisory services in irrigated agricultural development and water management in more than 60 countries. Many of his professional activities involved leading multidisciplinary teams to do irrigation project design, planning and evaluation and regional irrigation sector analysis. Countries where studies were undertaken include: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, China, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Niger, Nepal, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Yemen, and Zambia.

Dr. Keller is the author of more than 90 technical papers, 50 major consulting reports, 9 handbooks and 2 textbooks in the areas of agricultural water resources planning and engineering, on-farm water management, and irrigation system design. He has received 4 US patents related to sprinkle, surface, and drip irrigation. He has been honored with the Person of the Year award from the US Irrigation Association, Research Excellence award from the College of Engineering at USU, Engineer of the Year Award for the State of Utah, ASAE Award for the Advancement of Surface Irrigation, Scientific American 50 Award, and elected to membership in the US National Academy of Engineering.

Keller is a member of and worked on several irrigation committees of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is also a member of the Irrigation Association, and the US Commission of Irrigation and Drainage. He serves on the US and International Boards of International Development Enterprises, an NGO that focuses on rural poverty alleviation through a market creation approach to development using irrigation as an entry point.

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