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
Saeed Reza Khodashenas
Mohammad Mousavi  Baygi
Seyed Hossein Sanaei Nejad
Associate Professor
Ali Naghi Ziaei
Associate Professor


Recent journal articles

Mohammadi, M., Ghahraman, B., Davary, K., Ansari, H., Ali Shahidi, & Bannayan Aval, M. (2016). Nested validation of AquaCrop model for simulation of winter wheat grain yield, soil moisture and salinity profiles under simultaneous salinity and water stress. Irrigation and Drainage, 65 (1), 112-128.
Beheshti, A. (2016). Scour Hole Influence on Turbulent Flow Field around Complex Bridge Piers. Flow Turbulence and Combustion, 97 (2), 451-474.
Mousavi Baygi, M., Bannayan Aval, M., Ashraf, B., & Asadi Oskouei, E. (2016). Assessment of climatic indices limiting rainfed wheat yield. Ecological Indicators, 62 (1), 298-305.
Amir Hossain Zaji, Hossain Bonakdari, Khodashenas, S., & Shahaboddin Shamshirband (2016). Firefly optimization algorithm effecton support vector regression predictioni mprovement of amodified labyrinth side weir’s discharge coefficient. Applied Mathematics and Computation, 274 (2), 14-19.
Kazemi, F., Khodashenas, S., & Hamed Sarkardeh (2016). Experimental Study of Pressure Fluctuation in Stilling Basins. International Journal of Civil Engineering, 14 (1), 13-21.
Khodashenas, S. (2016). Threshold gravel channels bank profile: a comparison among 13 models. International Journal of River Basin Management, 0 (0), 1-10.
Morteza Sadeghi, Ghahraman, B., Arthur W. Warrick, Markus Tuller, & Scott B. Jones (2016). A critical evaluation of the Miller and Miller similar media theory for application to natural soils. Water Resources Research, 52 (5), 1-18.
Sedaghati, N., Alizadeh, A., Ansari, H., & S. J. Hosseinifard (2016). Study of Changes in Soil Moisture and Salinity under Plastic Mulch and Drip Irrigation in Pistachio Trees. Journal of Nuts, 7 (1), 21-33.
Nourali, M., Ghahraman, B., Mohsen Pourreza-bilondi, & Davary, K. (2016). Effect of formal and informal likelihood functions on uncertainty assessment in a single event rainfall-runoff mode. Journal of Hydrology, 540 (3), 549-564.
Beheshti, A., & B. Ataie-ashtiani (2016). Discussion of “Neuro-fuzzy GMDH systems based evolutionary algorithms to predict ‎scour pile groups in clear water conditions” by M. Najafzadeh‎. Ocean Engineering, 123 (0), 249-252.
Khodashenas, S. (2016). Management of Urban Drainage System Using Integrated MIKE SWMM and GIS. Journal of Water Resource and Hydraulic Engineering, 5 (1), 36-45.
Ali Akbar Safari Sinegani, Niko Nikbakht, & Banejad, H. (2016). Lead redistribution in a mine soil treated with three manures and incubated at two different temperatures. Chemistry and Ecology, 32 (6), 520-532.
Khodashenas, S., & Yarahmadi, N. (2016). Storage dam’s locality placing by MCDM techniques (case study: three dams in Iran). Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9 (13), 1-7.
Khodashenas, S., Davary, K., Mousavi Baygi, M., & Fatemeh Karimaldini (2016). Prediction of rainfall using artificial neural networks for synoptic station of Mashhad: a case study. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9 (13), 1-9.
Yousefi, N., Khodashenas, S., Saeid Eslamian, & Zahra Askari (2016). Estimating width of the stable channels using multivariable mathematical models. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 9 (4), 1-11.
Araghi, S., Mousavi Baygi, M., Jan Adamowski, & Christopher Martinez (2016). Association between three prominent climatic teleconnections and precipitation in Iran, using wavelet coherence. International Journal of Climatology, 0 (0), 0-0.
Mahabbati, A., A.izadi, Mousavi Baygi, M., Davary, K., & Hasheminia, S. (2016). Daily soil temprecture modeling using panel data concept. Journal of Applied Statistics, 16 (43), 1-17.
Janatian Ghadikolaei, N., Morteza Sadeghi, Sanaei Nejad, S., Elham Bakhshian, Faridhosseini, A., Hasheminia, S., & Sadegh Ghazanfari (2016). A statistical framework for estimating air temperature using MODIS land surface temperature data. International Journal of Climatology, 5 (36), 2417-2434.
Mohsen Pourreza-bilondi, S. Zahra Samadi, Ali-mohammad Akhoond-ali, & Ghahraman, B. (2016). Reliability of Semiarid Flash Flood Modeling Using Bayesian Framework. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering - ASCE, 0 (0), 1-16.
Ghazanfari Moghaddam, M., S. Pande, M. J. M. Cheema, Faridhosseini, A., & Amin Alizadeh (2016). The role of soil moisture accounting in estimation of soil evaporation and transpiration. Journal of Hydroinformatics, 18 (2), 329-344.
Faridani Bardaskan, F., Faridhosseini, A., Ansari, H., & S. Manfreda (2016). Estimation of the root-zone soil moisture using passive microwave remote sensing and smar model. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, 143 (1), 1-9.
Naderi, M., Bannayan Aval, M., Goldani, M., & Alizadeh, A. (2016). Effect of nitrogen application on growth and yield of pumpkin. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 40 (6), 890-907.

Recent research projects

Khodashenas, Saeed Reza,maaref Doust, Reza (2016). Simulation of shear stress by shear in elastic solid plate
Faridhosseini, Alireza,zarrin, Azar,hasheminia, Seyed Majid,salehnia, Nasrin,hosseini, S.fateme (2016). The assessment of dynamical and statistical downscaled models capabilities for monitoring and predicting precipitation patterns in cold seasons

Contact Information

Iran, Mashhad, Azadi Square, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad

Faculty of Agriculture, Water Science and Engineering Department

Phone: +985138804611-5813

Fax: +985138807145