Donald C. Slack

Faculty
Professor
Contact: 

Shantz 627
slackd@email.arizona.edu
(520) 621-7230

 

Interests: 
On-farm Water Management Practices
Irrigation Systems and Technologies
Watershed Hydrology
Erosion Control
Biofuels from Sorghum
Biography: 

Registered Professional Engineer - Agricultural Engineering Kentucky and Arizona.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

I have lived or worked in 25 countries including: Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Vietnam, the Philippines, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Cape Verde, Tunisia, Jordan, Syria, Palestine (West Bank and Gaza), Israel, Egypt, Malawi, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Japan. In addition I have visited Australia, New Zealand, Laos, Singapore, Malaysia, Nigeria, France, Germany, Canada, England and Hong Kong.

THESIS/DISSERTATION ADVISOR

Total Number of Graduate Students Advised:

M.S. students at the Universities of Arizona and Minnesota = 36

Ph.D. students at the Universities of Arizona and Minnesota = 28 

Courses Taught: 
Watershed Engineering – ABE/CE/WSM 426/526 Each fall semester
Research Methods – ABE 601 Each spring semester
Graduate Seminar – ABE 696a Fall and Spring Semesters
Soil and Water Resources Engineering (with Peter Livingston) – ABE/CE 455/555 Each fall semester
Activities: 

Education (degree, discipline, institution, year)

Ph.D.

Agricultural Engineering

University of Kentucky

1975

M.S.

Agricultural Engineering

University of Kentucky

1968

B.S.

Agricultural Engineering

University of Wyoming

1965

 

Academic experience  (institution, rank, title, dates)

1984- Present

Professor

University of Arizona

Agric. and Biosystems Engr.

1991-2009

Dept. Head

University of Arizona

Agric. and Biosystems Engr

Oct. 2012-Feb. 2014

Interim Head

University of Arizona

Agric. and Biosystems Engr

2009- June-Nov.

Visiting Prof.

Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Agricultural Engineering

2000 – Jul-Dec

Visiting Prof.

Chapingo Autonomous University

Texcoco, Mexico

1975-1984

Assoc. Prof.

University of Minnesota

Agricultural Engineering

1973-1975

Research Asst.

University of Kentucky

Agricultural Engineering

1970-1973

Adjunct Lect.

Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Agricultural Engineering

 

Non academic experiences, consulting/industry, patents

January 2010-October 2012:  Consultant to Gila Valley and Duncan Irrigation Districts in SE Arizona on ET and water use of crops grown in the districts.

 

May 2012 – May 2014: Consultant to Desert Whale Jojoba Company, Tucson, AZ on drip irrigation, water allocation and watershed management/hydrology

 

Certifications or professional registrations

Registered Professional Engineer – Arizona and Kentucky

 

Current membership in professional organizations

1965-present

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) - Fellow

1965-present

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – Fellow and Life Member

1990- present

U.S. Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (USCID) – Life Member

1994 - present

Thai Society of Agricultural Engineers (TSAE) – Life Member

 

Board of Directors of the International Desert Development Comission

Honors and award

1994 - present

Thai Society of Agricultural Engineers (TSAE) – Life Member

 

Board of Directors of the International Desert Development Comission

Synergistic Activities

2010 - present

ABET Engineering Accreditation Comission

2001 - 1010

ABET Program Evaluator for Agriculture and Biological and Civil Engineering Programs

Honors and awards

2014

Excellence in Global Education Award. UA, Office of Global Initiatives

2013

Administrator of the Year, UA College of Ag. and Life Sciences

2006 Present

Cecil H. Miller, Jr. and Cecil H. Miller, Sr. Families, Dean’s Chair for Excellence in Agriculture and Life Sciences, UA, CALS

2011

Kishida International Award, ASABE

2010

Honorary Doctorate in Agricultural Engineering, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

 

Service activities (within and outside of the institution)

Local/Community: Technical Advisory Committee, Altar Valley Conservation Alliance (2014-present)

University: ABE Academic Programs Asses. Comm. (2010-present); Member, ABE Biosystems Engr. Grad.  Comm. (2010-present); Member, University of Arizona, International Travel Safety Oversight Committee, Subject Matter Expert (2015- present). Member, University of Arizona, Arid Lands Steering Committee,(2014-present). Faculty Advisor – Alpha Epsilon, Arizona Eta Beta Chapter (2009-present).

National:  ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission – Executive Committee, 2015-Present; ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission – Commissioner 2010-2015; ABET Program Evaluator for Agricultural and Biological and Civil Engineering Programs, 2001-present; ABET Board of Delegates, 2015-present.; ASABE Committee for Establishment of a New International Service Award, Chair; ASABE Kishida International Award Committee, 2012-2015, Member; USDA Multistate Project Committee W3128; Member (2013-present).

International: Member, Editorial Advisory Board,  “Journal for Scientific Research – Agricultural Sciences”, Sultan Qaboos University.  Muscat, Oman., 1999-present; Member, Scientific Editorial Council, “Revista Ciência Agronômica”  Journal of Agronomic Science). Brazil. 2005 – Present; Member, Editorial Board. “KKU Engineering Journal”, Khon Kaen University, Faculty of Engineering, Khon Kaen, Thailand. 2013-present.

Peer Reviewer for Scientific Journals: Irrigation and Drainage (ICID); Advances in Water Resources.

Peer Review of Proposals:  Binational Agric. & Res. Devp. Fund (BARD)

 

Principal/Selected publications and presentations (from the last five years)

Dr. Slack has 150 publications

Martínez-Cruz T. E., Slack D. C., Ogden K. L., and Ottman M. (2014) THE WATER USE OF SWEET SORGHUM AND DEVELOPMENT OF CROP COEFFICIENTS, Irrig. and Drain., doi:10.1002/ird.1882.

Sanchez Cohen, I., G.D. Padilla, M.V. Valle, D. Slack, P. Heilman and A.P. Sandoval.  2014. A Decision Support System for Rainfed Agricultural Areas of Mexico. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 04/2015; 114. DOI:10.1016/j.compag.2015.03.009.

Villarreal, L, P. Waller and D.C. Slack. 2010. Water Conservation in Biofuels Development: Greenhouse and Field Crop Production with Biochar. Lambert Academic Publishing.  256p.

Slack, D.C. and M.J. Liga. 2010. A Modeling Approach to Determination of Appropriate Depth and Spacing of Subsurface Drip Irrigation Tubing. Proceedings of the International Conference on Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development. Nongkhai, Thailand. March 4-6, 2010. pp.

Martinez, T.E., D.C. Slack, K.L. Ogden and M. Ottman. 2012. The Effect of Water Stress on Sweet Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) and the Development of Crop Coefficients.  Proceedings of the 4th KKU International Conference 2012 (KKU-IENC 2012). Khon Kaen Thailand. May 10-12, 2012.

Rojas, I., D.C. Slack, M. Riley and M. Orbach. 2012. Bioconversion of Lignocellulosic Components of Sweet Sorghum Stalks to Ethanol Utilizing Fungi and Yeast. Proceedings of the 4th KKU International Conference 2012 (KKU-IENC 2012). Khon Kaen Thailand. May 10-12, 2012

Yanes, M., K. Currier, T. Lau, D. Slack and P. Livingston. 2013.  Pilot Scale Continuous Conveyor Diffusion Extraction System for Sweet Sorghum. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference of TSAE. Thai Society of Agricultural Engineers. April 1-4, Hua Hin, Thailand.

Terrazas-Onofre, L., D. Slack, D. Lopez and C. Gerba. 2015.  Solar Disinfection of Grey Water. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of TSAE. Thai Society of Agricultural Engineers. March 17-19, Bangkok, Thailand

Teegerstrom, T., P. Livingston and D. Slack. 2015. Sweet Sorghum to Ethanol: A Guidance Manual for the Grower. Proceedings of  the 8th International Conference of TSAE. Thai Society of Agricultural Engineers. March 17-19, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Professional development activities (Most recent)

Attended ASABE Annual International Meetings (2011-2015); Attended International Engineering Conference – KKUIENC in Khon Kaen, Thailand,( 2010, 2012, 2014);Attended International Meeting of the Thai Society of Agricultural Engineers (2013, 2015). Attended ABET Symposium, 2016.