Page Banner

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Harold R. Duke
headline bar

Harold R. Duke

 Harold R. Duke  (1967-2002 with ARS)

  • Irrigation Management and Design
  • Agricultural Engineer, Retired

         Fort Collins, CO



 Academic Training

  • BS   1963   Texas Tech University, Agricultural Engineering
  • MS   1965   Colorado State University, Agricultural Engineering
  • PhD   1972  Colorado State University, Agricultural Engineering

 Professional Experience

  • 1967-2002         Agricultural Engineer      USDA-ARS, Ft. Collins, CO
  • 1967-2002         Graduate Faculty          Ag Engr, Dept, Colo. State Univ.        
  • 1985                 Technical Advisor         Asian Institue of Technology, Thailand
  • 1988                 Technical Advisor         United Nations Development Program, Jabalpur, India
  • 1989, 91, 95, 97  Technical Advisor         ISA, Technical Univ Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1981-1987          Division Editor              S&W Division, Trans of the ASAE
  • 1994-2002          Engineering Representative to USDA Patent Committee for Northern Plains, Southern Plains, and Midwest Areas


 Member of Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Alpha Zeta, and Alpha Epsilon honor societies.  Livestock Environmental Sciences Committe Award, 1974.  USDA Certificate of Merit, 1983, 1995, 1998.  ASAE Hancor Soil and Water Engineering Award, 1989.  Dept of Energy Federal Water and Energy Conservation Award, 1994.  ASAE Director's Citation, 1996.  Government Technology Leadership Award, 1997.  Federal Laboratory Consortium Award of Merit for Excellence in Technology Transfer, 1999, 2000.  Elected Fellow, ASAE, 2002.


 Professional Experience

 Assigned to the Water Management Research Unit at Fort Collins, Colorado.  Conducted applied and basic research to develop improved water and chemical management systems and irrigation system designs.  Field of research covers critical problem area of irrigation water and chemical management in a precision farming context, including crop water use, water movement in soils, agricultural chemical leaching, water-energy relationships, surge irrigation, and research instrumentation.  Conducted basic and applied research in water quality, drainage and irrigation management for 39 years, 35 of those as an Agricultrual Engineer with USDA-ARS.  Published 135+ technical articles, 36 of which resulted from graduate student research which he substantially directed.  Authored 13 technical reports for contractual research and authored or coauthored four book chapters and more than 65 technical presentations.  Reputation as an irrigation engineer is demonstrated by frequent requests for consultation from ARS and University scientists, numerous governmental agencies, international agencies, and by responsible assignments with and recognition by professional organization.  Advice is sought throughout the U.S. and internationally in the areas of irrigation water, chemical, and energy management, soil water flow measurements and electronic and computer applications.

Last Modified: 8/13/2016
Footer Content Back to Top of Page