The Irrigation Innovation Consortium is taking new steps forward in its mission to foster collaboration between industry and academics in advancing irrigation technology and strategies with the addition of Tim Martin as its new director.
“Dr. Tim Martin has extensive experience in strategic planning, business development, and technical water resources management,” said Allan Andales, principal investigator of the IIC. “He brings a unique perspective to the leadership of the IIC, given his track record of successfully managing collaborative water resources and environmental projects in the U.S. and abroad. He is an alumnus of Colorado State University and is familiar with its land-grant mission. The IIC is excited to have Dr. Martin join the IIC team.”
Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in soil science from North Carolina State, a master’s degree in agronomy from Colorado State University, and earned his Ph.D. in water resources management from the University of Nottingham.
Throughout his career, Martin has engaged science, engineering, and information technology research and applications in irrigation and water management, soil and crop management, and modeling; GIS and remote sensing; and data and knowledge management. He has served as founder or principal of three consulting firms and has led development projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas.
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Martin is joining the IIC at a critical time, as the consortium recently announced it is seeking to fund projects that accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy-efficient irrigation technologies, tools, and practices.
“I’m fortunate to step into an organization that’s built on a sound foundation put in place by CSU in the lead,” Martin said. “We have an experienced and enthusiastic IIC staff, excellent facilities, and we are partnered with other capable land-grant universities and committed industry partners. We have a unique opportunity to really make an impact with innovative and efficient irrigation technologies and practices.”
Martin’s wide range of experience in business development, irrigation and crop science, and science and information technology will be key for the IIC, a relatively new organization founded in 2018, as it seeks proposals to fund collaborative research. His strengths in fostering symbiotic business relationships and passion for the irrigation industry will help secure lasting research-industry partnerships.