Mcedbsi Mkhwanazi, PhD

Swaziland (Fulbright S&T Alumnus 2010)

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Mcebisi Mkhwanazi is a Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. His area of specialization is in Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. Mcebisi’s research focuses on employing Remote Sensing-based EvapoTranspiration (ET) in irrigation scheduling and in hydrology modeling. This requires looking at mapping algorithms and using them with surface-based scheduling methods.

Prior to beginning his Ph.D. program in the United States as a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award, Mcebisi received his Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science with an option in Land and Water Management from the University of Swaziland. He also completed his Master’s degree in Water Management, specializing in Irrigation, at Cranfield University, Silsoe College, United Kingdom. His Master’s thesis was on the “Impact of Climate Change on Irrigation Water Requirement and Productivity of Sugarcane in Swaziland”.

In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing or watching tennis, or just spending time with friends. He hopes that he will one day learn how to fly a small plane.