Juan M. Enciso, Ph.D, P.E.


Associate Professor
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department
Texas A&M AgriLife Research
2415 E. Highway 83
Weslaco, TX 78596
Email: jencisom@yahoo.edu
Wesite: southtexasweather.tamu.edu


Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1992)
Dissertation: An Infiltration Model for Managing Furrow Irrigation with Limited Water Supplies. 
Advisor:  Dr. Derrel L. Martin

M.S. Water Management, Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (1986)

B.S. in Irrigation Engineering, Universidad Autonoma Agraria “Antonio Narro”. Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. (1984)


100% Research

Research Interests:

  • Deficit irrigation
  • Salinity management
  • Irrigation of bioenergy crops
  • Infiltration and overland flow
  • Irrigation of vegetable crops
  • Hydrologic impacts of land and use practices in agricultural regions
  • Modelling and optimization research for managing irrigation
  • Irrigation and Management of surface, drip and sprinkler irrigation
  • Water measurement of irrigation water
  • Screening of drought tolerant and salinity tolerant crops
  • Water use efficiency of bioenergy crops
  • Remote Sensing (drones, mobile platforms)
  • Crop Phenotyping
  • Computer Applications
  • Crop Modeling

Professional Recognition:

  1. First place in academic achievement of the LIX graduating class of irrigation specialiasts.
    Universidad Autonoma Agraria “Antonio Narro”.
  2. Widaman Trust Distinguished Graduate Assistant award, 1991-1992.
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  3. National research candidate, National Mexican Research System. 1992-1995, 1995-1996.
    CONACYT, Mexico. (by election)
  4. CONACYT 1987-1992. Competitive National Award – providing financial support for four years.
  5. ASAE Blue Ribbon Award for an outstanding entry in the 2000 competition publication bulletins category, with the on site waste water treatment series. Award presented to Bruce J. Lesikar, Rusell A. Persyn, Juan Enciso, Diana Bowen, Jerry Nucker, and Cherie Le Blanc.
  6. American Society of Agricultural Engineers Blue Ribbon Award for an outstanding entry in the 2006 Education Aids Competition Publications: Recognized in Fact Sheets category and presented to Juan Enciso and Xavier Peries. Using Flexible Pipe with Surface Irrigation. L-5469 and L5469S.
  7. Texas Environmental Excellence Award, 2006. Awarded to Dr. Juan Enciso by 4-H youth for his collaboration with Weslaco High School. Students installed a drip line and sprinkler irrigation system under the direction of the Texas A&M Agricultural Experiment Station.
  8. Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence, 2006. Awarded to Juan Enciso, Ari Michelsen, Giovanni Piccini, Edward Rister, and Bob Wiedenfeld in recognition for outstanding contributions and performance as a Member of the Rio Grande Initiative Research Team by the Texas A&M University System.
  9. Superior Paper Award – American Association of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2008.  Awarded to Dr. Juan Enciso along with Warren Multer, Paul Colaizzi and Charles Stichler during the ASABE Annual International Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island for the paper entitled “Cotton Response to Phosphorus Fertigation Using Subsurface Drip Irrigation”. This prestigious award represents the most outstanding papers from ASABE publications of Applied Engineering in Agriculture, Transactions of  ASABE and the Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health.
  10. Texas Environmental Excellence Award – Agricultural Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 2008. This award spotlights the state’s highest achievements in environmental preservation and protections. Co-recipient with all Rio Grande Basin Initiative participants and collaborators.
  11. Texas Environmental Excellence Award – Agricultural Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 2011. Water Conservation, Ag Demonstration Initiative Project with Harlingen Irrigation District. May 2011. http://www.teea.org/win11_ag_vid.htm.
  12. American Society of Biological Engineers Award for the Advancement of Surface Irrigation. 2015. Juan Enciso-Medina June 29, 2015.

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