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About Charles M. Burt

Dr. Burt is a Cal Poly alumnus and Chairman of the externally funded Irrigation Training and Research Center. He teaches Irrigation Theory, Irrigation Water Management, Chemigation, Irrigation Engineering, Agricultural Irrigation Systems, and Irrigation Project Design. His current research interests include GIS applications in regional drainage studies, improved surface irrigation techniques, permanent subsurface drip irrigation, canal automation, estimation of irrigation project efficiencies, measurement of on-farm irrigation efficiencies, and development of bilingual teaching techniques for landscape and agricultural irrigation. Specialty: Irrigation/Drainage Engineering.


Present Chairman of the Board, Irrigation Training and Research Center
Present Professor Emeritus, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Honors and Awards

  • Bronze Star Medal for Heroism - U.S. Army
  • ARCOM for Heroism - U.S. Army
  • ARCOM for Meritorious Service - U.S. Army
  • 1986: National Water and Energy Conservation Award - The Irrigation Association
  • 1987: Outstanding Agricultural Engineer - ASAE Pacific Region
  • 1996: Sunkist Agriculture Faculty Award
  • 1997: Person of the Year - The Irrigation Association
  • 1999: Irrigation Person of the Year - California Irrigation Institute
  • 2001: Plant Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2002: Royce J. Tipton Award - Environmental and Water Resources Institute, ASCE
  • 2004: Distinguished Research, Creative Activity and Professional Development Award - Cal Poly
  • 2005: Merriam Irrigation Improvement Award - U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID)

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