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
Bijan Ghahraman
Seyed Majid Hasheminia
Assistant Professor
Saeed Reza Khodashenas
Mohammad Mousavi  Baygi
Seyed Hossein Sanaei Nejad
Associate Professor
Ali Naghi Ziaei
Associate Professor


Recent journal articles

Parisa Asadi, Behzad Ataie-ashtiani, & Beheshti, A. (2017). Vulnerability assessment of urban groundwater resources to Nitrate: The case study of Mashhad, Iran.. Environmental Earth Sciences, 76 (41), 1-15.
Beheshti, A., Behzad Ataie Ashtiani, & Hamed Dashtpeyma (2017). Numerical simulations of turbulent flow around side -by-side circular piles with different spacing ratios. International Journal of River Basin Management, 0 (0), 0-0.
Nina Solaimani, Ata Amini, Banejad, H., & Pezhman Taherei Ghazvinei (2017). The effect of pile spacing and arrangement on bed formation and scour hole dimensions in pile groups. International Journal of River Basin Management, 15 (1), 1-7.
Naderi, M., Bannayan Aval, M., Goldani, M., & Alizadeh, A. (2017). Effect of nitrogen application on growth and yield of pumpkin. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 40 (6), 890-907.
Danial Amini Baghbadorani, Beheshti, A., & Behzad Ataie-ashtiani (2017). Scour hole depth prediction around pile groups: review, comparison of existing methods, and proposition of a new approach. Journal of Natural Hazards, 88 (2), 977-1001.
Houshmand Kouchi, D., Esmaili, K., Faridhosseini, A., Seyed Hossein Sanaeinejad, Davar Khalili, & Karim C. Abbaspour (2017). Sensitivity of Calibrated Parameters and Water Resource Estimates on Different Objective Functions and Optimization Algorithms. Water, 9 (6), 1-16.
Khastar Borujeni, M., Esmaili, K., Hossein Samadi-boroujeni, & Ziaei, A. (2017). Experimental Study of Wastewater Effect on the Deposition of Cohesive Sediment. Journal of Environmental Engineering, 144 (1), 1-7.
Ata Joodavi, M. Zare, Ziaei, A. (2017). Groundwater management under uncertainty using a stochastic multi-cell model. Journal of Hydrology, 551 (1), 265-277.
Farhadi, H., A. Zahiri, M. R. Hashemi, & Esmaili, K. (2017). Incorporating a machine learning technique to improve open-channel flow computations. Neural Computing and Applications, 20 (1), 50-64.
Modaresirad, A., Ghahraman, B., D. Khalili, Ghahremani, Z., & Ahmadi, S. (2017). Integrated Meteorological and Hydrological Drought Model: A Management Tool for Proactive Water Resources Planning of Semi-Arid Regions. Advances in Water Resources, 107 (1), 336-353.
Mollaei, Z., Davary, K., Hasheminia, S., Faridhosseini, A., & Pourmohamad, Y. (2017). Enhancing flood hazard estimation methods on alluvial fans using an integrated hydraulic, geological and geomorphological approach. Natural Hazards and Earth System Science, 18 (18), 1159-1171.
Araghi, S., Mousavi Baygi, M., & J. Adamowski (2017). Detecting soil temperature trends in Northeast Iran from 1993 to 2016. Soil and Tillage Research, 2017 (174), 177-192.
Khodashenas, S., Alizadeh, A., & Ziaei, A. (2017). New Model for Simulating Hydraulic Performance of an Infiltration Trench with Finite-Volume One-Dimensional Richards’ Equation. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 143 (8), 1-10.
Faridani Bardaskan, F., Faridhosseini, A., & S. Manfreda (2017). A modified version of the SMAR model for estimating root-zone soil moisture from time-series of surface soil moisture. Water SA, 43 (3), 492-498.
Ashraf, S., A.aghakouchak, Alizadeh, A., Mousavi Baygi, M., H. R. Moftakhari, A.mirchi, H. Anjileli, & K. Madani (2017). Quantifying Anthropogenic Stress on Groundwater Resources. Scientific Reports, 7 (0), 1-9.
Araghi, S., Mousavi Baygi, M., J.adamowski, Ch. Martinez, & M. Van Der Ploeg (2017). Forecasting Soil Temperature Based on Surface Air Temperature Using Wavelet-Artificial Neural Network. Meteorological Applications, 24 (4), 603-611.
Salehnia, N., Alizadeh, A., Sanaei Nejad, S., Bannayan Aval, M., Zarrin, A., & G. Hoogenboom (2017). Estimation of meteorological drought indices based on AgMERRA precipitation data and station-observed precipitation data. Journal of Arid Land, 9 (6), 797-809.
F. Karimi, Beheshti, A., V. Kumar Gupta, & M.charmchian Langerodi (2017). Simultaneous analysis of phenylhydrazine, phenol, and hydroxylamine as three water pollutants using a voltammetric-amplified sensor with CoFe2O4 nanoparticle and 1-methyl-3-butylimidazolium bromide ionic liquid. Ionics, 23 (12), 1-7.
Mehravaran, B., Ansari, H., & Beheshti, A. (2017). Nozzle Filter Modification for Water Pre-Treatment Technology In Water Treatment Plants (Case Study: Toroq Water Treatment Plant). International Journal of Engineering and Advanced Technology, 6 (3), 135-140.

Recent research projects

Davary, Kamran (2017). Delelopement of an indicator to estimate annual renewable water under variable weather conditions
Faridhosseini, Alireza,,sanaei Nejad, Seyed Hossein,fashaee, Mohammad (2017). Monitoring of Root-zone Soil Moisture Based on the MSMAR Analytical Model and Satellite Products (Case Study: Khorasan-Razavi Province)
Ghahraman, Bijan,ghoochanian, Marjan (2017). Investigating and verifying the use of the best public permeation relation in soils with different texture

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Water Science and Engineering Department

Phone: +985138804611-5813

Fax: +985138807145