Dean E. Eisenhauer

Professor of Biological Systems Engineering

Office: 238 L. W. Chase Hall
Phone: (402) 472-1637
Email: deisenhauer1@unl.edu


Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering, Colorado State University - Fort Collins
M.S. Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University - Manhattan
B.S. Agricultural Engineering, Kansas State University - Manhattan

Registered Professional Engineer, Nebraska


Teaching 50%
Research 50%

School of Natural Resources (Courtesy Appointment)

Teaching Interests

Water Science and Mechanized Systems Management:

  • Soil conservation and watershed management
  • Irrigation systems management


  • Soil and water resources engineering
  • Hydrologic modeling of small watersheds
  • Modeling vadose zone hydrology
Research Interests
  • Hydrologic impacts of land and water use practices in agricultural regions
  • Engineering of vegetative buffers for riparian and upland ecosystems
  • Infiltration and overland flow
  • Water flow in the intermediate vadose zone
  • Water measurement technology for irrigation

Selected publications

Hydraulics Laboratory
Soil and Water Properties
Land Measure and Surveying Laboratory

Curriculum Vita (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Professional Recognition
  • Young Engineer of the Year, Mid-Central Region, 1988, American Society of Agricultural Engineers.
  • Extension Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta, November, 1990.
  • Recognition Award for Contributions to Students presented by the Parents Association and Teaching Council of the UNL (1993, 1994, 1998, 2000, and 2002).
  • Research and Education Award, Chemigation Division, The Irrigation Association, 1997.
  • IANR Team Effort Award, MSEA Water Quality Team, 1998.
  • Senior Faculty Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence, 1999.
  • Person of the Year, Irrigation Association, 1999.
  • Commendation Award, Nebraska Chapter, Soil & Water Conservation Society, 2001.
  • The Commendation Award, Soil and Water Conservation Society, 2002
  • College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Distinguished Teaching Award, 2003.
  • Holling Family Distinguished Senior Faculty Teaching Award, College of Engineering, UNL 2008.
  • Award for the Advancement of Surface Irrigation, ASABE, 2008.
  • Outstanding Contributions to Agriculture in Nebraska, Nebraska Section ASABE, 2008