Headshot of Xin Qiao.
Water & Irrigation Management

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  • Ph.D. 2015, Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson University
  • M.S. 2012, Biosystems Engineering, Clemson University
  • B.S. 2009, Water and Wastewater Engineering, South China University of Technology

Professional Responsibilities and Activities


    Provide farmers and stakeholders with timely and relevant information/tools to assist them to improve yields and profits while conserving limited water resources. Provide educational material through fact sheets, presentations, workshops, and online resources for irrigation management.

    Promote the beneficial and efficient use of water resources for agricultural production systems using technologies such as sensor-based irrigation, modeling, and remote sensing images.


  • Qiao, X., Khalilian, A., Payero, J.O., Maja, J.M., Privette, C.V. and Han, Y.J. 2016 Evaluating Reflected GPS Signal as a Potential Tool for Cotton Irrigation Scheduling. Advances in Remote Sensing, Vol. 5 No. 3 pp. 157-167, http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ars.2016.53013 
  • Qiao, X., H. J. Farahani, A. Khalilian, E. M. Barnes. 2016. Cotton Water Productivity and Growth Parameters in the Humid Southeast – Experimentation and Modeling. Transactions of the ASABE, 59(3): 949-962 
  • Privette III, C.V., Khalilian, A., Bridges, W., Katzberg, S., Torres, O., Han, Y.J., Maja, J.M. and Qiao, X. 2016 Relationship of Soil Moisture and Reflected GPS Signal Strength. Advances in Remote Sensing, 5, 18-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ars.2016.51002 

Awards and Honors

  • Simpson experiment station field day graduate student poster contest, 1st place, 2014. 
  • Beltwide Cotton Conference student presentation contest, 3rd place, January 7 – 10, San Antonio, TX, 2013.

Professional Interests

  • Deficit irrigation, variable rate irrigation, sensor technology, modeling, remote sensing

Professional Society Memberships

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers