Department of Water Science and Engineering

The Department of Water Science and Engineering was established in 1988. Programs of undergraduate studies offer a series of basic and applied courses in the area of Fluid Mechanics, Hydraulics, Hydrology, Soil-Water-Plant Relationship, Agricultural Meteorology, Irrigation and Drainage Systems Design, Soil and Water Conservation, Geology, Ground Waters, Hydro-Informatics, Water Supply and Wastewater Systems, and River Hydraulics. In addition, this program also offers a broad general engineering education including elements of Geo-Mechanical, Water Conveyance Structures and Pumping Systems Engineering.

The Water Science and Engineering Master's degree program in which students have been admitted since 1996, provides an in-depth study of the skills and tools demanded by the rigors of the water profession. The two-year program helps students build their technical competencies in different areas such as Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Meteorology, Water Resources, and Water Structures Engineering. They will be ready to be employed by consulting engineering companies in government or regulatory agencies looking to augment their skills in the water profession.

Currently Master’s students are accepted in academic areas of specializations such as Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Meteorology, Water Resources, and Water Structures Engineering.

Ph.D. candidates started their studies in the Department of Water Science and Engineering at the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad in 2007. They should conduct research at levels that contribute new knowledge to the field of water science and engineering; considering the fact that the purpose of doctoral research is in constant evolution.

The doctoral programs in the Department of Water Science and Engineering aim to prepare researchers for employment in universities as well as scientific private sectors and government institutions. Doctoral candidates are admitted to programs only if they can convincingly demonstrate that their research proposals will significantly contribute to the existing knowledge in the field they have applied for. The doctoral degree qualifies them to apply for a university professorship position or conduct research in an academic setting. At the Ph.D. level, doctoral research gives students the needed skills to excel in academia, develop hypotheses, test those theories by studying, observing or conducting experiments, and modify those assumptions based on the data collected. Upon completion of the research, doctoral candidates present their conclusions to experts in the field and orally defend their findings before a panel of scholars. Currently, Ph.D. candidates are accepted in Irrigation and Drainage, Agricultural Meteorology, and Water Structures engineering branches of the department. More

Head of the Department of Water Science and Engineering
Kazem Esmaili
Associate Professor
Department of Water Science and Engineering

Concentration areas offered by the Department of Water Science and Engineering
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Academic staff

Hossein Ansari
Hossein Banejad
Associate Professor
Kamran Davary
Kazem Esmaili
Associate Professor
Alireza Faridhosseini
Associate Professor
Seyed Majid Hasheminia
Assistant Professor
Saeed Reza Khodashenas
Mohammad Mousavi  Baygi
Seyed Hossein Sanaei Nejad
Ali Naghi Ziaei
Associate Professor


Recent journal articles

Roozbeh Nasiraei, J., Ansari, H., Esmaili, K., & Alizadeh, A. (2018). Effect of Irrigation Timing on the Eggplant Performance under Drip Irrigation. Research on Crops, 58 (2), 81-87.
Azari Rad, M., Ziaei, A., & Naghedifar, M. (2018). Three-Dimensional Numerical Modeling of Submerged Zone of Qanat Hydraulics in Unsteady Conditions. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering - ASCE, 23 (3), 0-0.
D.amini Baghbadorani, B. Ataie-ashtiani, Beheshti, A., M. Hadjzaman, & M. Jamali (2018). Prediction of current-induced local scour around complex piers: Review, revisit, and integration. Coastal Engineering, 133 (133), 43-58.
Amaneh Mianabadi, Shirazi, P., Ghahraman, B., Alizadeh, A., Davary, K., & Miriam Coenders - Citg (2018). Assessment of short- and long-term memory in trends of major climatic variables over Iran: 1966-2015. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 0 (0), 0-0.
Khodashenas, S. (2018). Uncertainty Analysis of Intelligent Model of Hybrid Genetic Algorithm and Particle Swarm Optimization with ANFIS to Predict Threshold Bank Profile Shape Based on Digital Laser Approach Sensing. Measurement, 121 (0), 294-303.
Banejad, H., & (2018). A laboratory investigation on the potential of computational intelligence approaches to estimate the discharge coefficient of piano key weir. Journal of Rehabilitation in Civil Engineering, 6 (2), 1-20.
Z. Kashkaki, Banejad, H., & M. Hydari (2018). Application of ANN in Estimating Discharge Coefficient of Circular Piano Key Spillways. Soft Computing in Civil Engineering, 2 (3), 39-49.
P. Ifaei, Faridhosseini, A., & Ch. Yoo (2018). An optimal renewable energy management strategy with and without hydropower using a factor weighted multi-criteria decision making analysis and nation-wide big data - Case study in Iran. Energy, 158 (17), 357-372.
Beheshti, A. (2018). Evaluation of Harmony Search Optimization to Predict Local Scour Depth around Complex Bridge Piers. Civil Engineering Journal, 4 (2), 402-412.
Gholoubi, A., Emami, H., & Alizadeh, A. (2018). Soil Quality Change 50 years after Forestland Conversion to Tea Farming. Soil Research, 56 (5), 509-517.
Nurzadeh Namaghi, M., Davarynejad, G., Ansari, H., Nemati, S., & A. Zarea Feyzabady (2018). Effects of mulching on soil temperature and moisture variations, leaf nutrient status, growth and yield of pistachio trees (Pistacia vera.L). Scientia Horticulturae, 241 (0), 115-123.
Firoozzare, A., Ghorbani, M., Karbasi, A., Shahnoushi Froshani, N., & Davary, K. (2018). Prioritize Agri-Environmental Measures of Water-Related Ecosystem Services: The Case of Mashhad. Journal of Sustainable Development, 11 (4), 240-256.
Naghedifar, M., Ziaei, A., & Ansari, H. (2018). Simulation of irrigation return flow from a Triticale farm under sprinkler and furrow irrigation systems using experimental data: A case study in arid region. Agricultural Water Management, 210 (1), 185-197.
Hashemi Nasab, S., Ansari, H., & Sanaei Nejad, S. (2018). Analyzing drought history using Fuzzy Integrated Drought Index (FIDI): a case study in the Neyshabour basin, Iran. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 11 (14), 1-10.
Ehsan Olyaie, Banejad, H., & M. Heydari (2018). Estimating Discharge Coefficient of PK-Weir Under Subcritical Conditions Based on High-Accuracy Machine Learning Approaches. Iranian Journal of Science and Technology-Transactions of Civil Engineering, 42 (1), 1-13.
A. Gholami, H. Bonakdari, M. Zeynoddin, I. Ebtehaj, B. Gharabaghi, & Khodashenas, S. (2018). Reliable method of determining stable threshold channel shape using experimental and gene expression programming techniques. Neural Computing and Applications, 0 (0), 0-0.
Azadeh Gholami, Hossein Bonakdari, Isa Ebtehaj, Bahram Gharabaghi, Khodashenas, S., Seyed Hamed Ashraf Talesh, & Ali Jamali (2018). A methodological approach of predicting threshold channel bank profile by multi-objective evolutionary optimization of ANFIS. Engineering Geology, 239 (1), 298-309.
Firoozzare, A., Ghorbani, M., Karbasi, A., Shahnoushi Froshani, N., & Davary, K. (2018). FARMERS' PREFERENCES FOR AGRIENVIRONMENTAL SCHEME DESIGN: A CHOICE EXPERIMENT APPROACH. Revista de la Facultad de Agronomia, 35 (0), 164-191.
Nazarieh, F., Ansari, H., Ziaei, A., A. Izady, Davary, K., & P. Brunner (2018). Spatial and temporal dynamics of deep percolation, lag time and recharge in an irrigated semi-arid region. Hydrogeology Journal, 0 (0), 0-0.
Danial Amini Baghbadorani, Behzad Ataie-ashtiani, & Beheshti, A. (2018). Discussion of an integrated framework of extreme learning machines for predicting scour at pile groups in clear water condition by: I. Ebtehaj. Coastal Engineering, 142 (1), 106-109.
Sheikh Rezazadeh Nikou, N., Ziaei, A., & K. Safavi (2018). Closure to “Extraction of the Flow Rate Equation under Free and Submerged Flow Conditions in Pivot Weirs with Different Side Contractions”. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 144 (4), 1-5.
Alireza Moghaddam, Alizadeh, A., Faridhosseini, A., Ziaei, A., & Fallah Heravi, D. (2018). Optimal design of water distribution networks using simple modified particle swarm optimization approach. Desalination and Water Treatment, 104 (0), 99-110.
Hojjati, A., Mohsen Monadi, Faridhosseini, A., & Mirali Mohammadi (2018). Application and comparison of NSGA-II and MOPSO in multi-objective optimization of water resources systems. Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics, 66 (3), 323-329.
M. Majidi, A. Alizadeh, Faridhosseini, A., & M. Vazifedoust (2018). Development and application of a new lake evaporation estimation approach based on energy balance. Hydrology Research, 49 (5), 1528-1539.
Naghedifar, M., Ziaei, A., Nery Zapata, Ansari, H., & Hasheminia, S. (2018). A 2D curvilinear coupled surface–subsurface flow model for simulation of basin/border irrigation: theory, validation and application. Irrigation Science, 0 (0), 0-0.
Zahedi Asl, S., Faridhosseini, A., & Y.-s. Choi (2018). Assessment of CALIOP and MODIS aerosol products over Iran to explore air quality. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 63 (4), 1-15.
Hashempour, J., Ansari, H., & Khodashenas, S. (2018). Evaluation of the effect of irrigation timing on root zone soil temperature, moisture and yield of tomat. Crop Research, 53 (1), 88-96.

Recent research projects

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Water Science and Engineering Department

Phone: +985138804611-5813

Fax: +985138807145