Water for Food

Dean Eisenhauer

Coordinator, Nebraska-IHE Delft Partnership
Emeritus Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska‒Lincoln


Dean Eisenhauer coordinates an international educational partnership between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in The Netherlands, with support from DWFI. The capacity building partnership includes a joint double master’s degree program targeted to professionals from developing countries who are interested in learning more about agricultural water management and a biennial two-week Nebraska Irrigation Field Course for graduate students from IHE Delft and UNL.

Eisenhauer is an expert in irrigation and hydrology and taught courses in soil conservation and watershed management and irrigation management. His engineering background includes soil and water resources engineering, hydrologic modeling of small watersheds and modeling vadose zone hydrology.

Eisenhauer joined UNL in 1975 and was a faculty member in Biological Systems Engineering for 40 years. He is currently an emeritus professor and part-time consultant. He is also a registered professional engineer in Nebraska and a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, Soil Science Society of America, Soil and Water Conservation Society and the Irrigation Association.

Eisenhauer has received multiple academic awards, including the ASABE’s Outstanding Contributions to Agriculture in Nebraska award and the Advancement of Surface Irrigation award. He holds a doctorate from Colorado State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Kansas State University, all in agricultural engineering.

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