ASCE has honored James E. Ayars, Ph.D., with the 2018 Royce J. Tipton Award for his esteemed reputation in the field of water use, working on various projects in Australia, Uzbekistan, Jordan, California, and Texas, and for his involvement in creating a new salinity module used for ASCE online content.
Ayars has been an esteemed professional in the agricultural industry for over 30 years, during which his work has addressed water issues in arid climates both within and beyond the United States. He has made significant contributions to research regarding irrigation drainage, watershed hydrology, water use efficiency in river basins, and much more. He spent two years in Australia conducting drainage water management studies; he served as the international technical advisor for a project in the Zarafshan River Basin, in Uzbekistan, developing water use efficiency methods; he traveled to Jordan and provided professional analysis for International Center for Agricultural Research in Desert Areas (ICARDA) programs.
Ayars has also contributed heavily to studies of water within the United States: he headed a project in California’s San Joaquin Valley analyzing the effect of irrigation water management on drainage, and previous to this he conducted research into its effects on watershed hydrology in San Antonio, TX. He has recently been involved with creating a new salinity module used for ASCE’s online content.
The Royce J. Tipton Award recognizes contributions to the advancement of irrigation and drainage engineering in teaching, research, planning, design, construction, or management.