Dr. Xinhua Jia

Xinhua Jia, P.E., Professor
Director of North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute
Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
North Dakota State University
Ladd Hall 101C
NDSU Dept. 7620
PO Box 6050
Fargo ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-6453
E-mail: xinhua.jia@ndsu.edu



  • Ph.D. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Arizona
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Teaching (25%)
  • Research (75%)
Areas of Expertise
  • Irrigation and drainage
  • Evapotranspiration
  • Hydrology
  • Water Quality
  • Controlled Environment Agriculture
Funded Research (last 3 years)
  • PI, Automatic sensor controlled drip irrigation under mulches for tomato and watermelon productions. ND Department of Agriculture.
  • Co-PI, Building NRCS technical capacity in irrigation water management for variable rate irrigation. USDA NRCS.
  • PI, Utilizing remote-controlled irrigation for high tunnel tomato and pepper productions in ND. ND Department of Agriculture.
  • PI, Automated irrigation for commercial production of watermelon, squash, and muskmelon cultivars in Oakes. ND Department of Agriculture.
  • Co-PI, Filling the Pipeline-Preparing the Next Generation of Watershed Management Extension Professionals. USDA NIFA.
  • Co-PI, Simulation of soil water dynamics for drip-mulch fields using Hydrus-2D. ND Water Resources Research Institute. 
  • Co-PI, Assessing subsurface drainage systems using electromagnetic induction. Ellingson Drainage Company. 
Professional Memberships
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
  • Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • North Central Extension Research Activity (NCERA-217): Drainage design and management practices to improve water quality.
  • Soil Science Society of American (SSSA).
Courses Taught
  • ASM/NRM/SOIL 264 - Natural Resources Management Systems
  • ASM 264L – Natural Resources Management Systems Laboratory
  • ABEN 286 - Introduction to Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • ABEN 484/684 - Drainage and Wetland Engineering
Professional Activities - Reviewer
  • Transactions of the ASABE
  • Agricultural Water Management
  • Applied Engineering in Agriculture
  • Agronomy Journal
  • Journal of Irrigation and Drainage
  • Irrigation Science
  • Journal of Hydrologic Engineering
  • Soil Science Society of American Journal
  • Journal of Climatology
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Water Resources Research
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