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SDSU Extension Welcomes New Water Specialist
South Dakota Ag Connection - 11/30/2023

SDSU Extension is pleased to welcome Sushant Mehan as a new Water Resource Engineer Specialist and assistant professor.

In his role, Mehan will examine land use and climatic impacts on water quantity and quality to help ensure all South Dakotans have access to clean, safe water for personal, agricultural, recreational and utility services. He will be based on the SDSU campus in Brookings.

“Water, essential for the sustenance of life, is at the heart of my excitement in this role. The prospect of actively collaborating with and dedicating myself to the preservation and effective management of water resources is what truly energizes me about this position,” Mehan said. “It's a meaningful and rewarding endeavor, knowing that my efforts directly impact access to this vital resource for various purposes, ultimately benefiting communities and the environment alike.”

Mehan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural engineering from Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, India, and his doctorate from the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana.

With a strong background in data-driven water resource analysis, Mehan’s previous research experiences include a fellowship at Colorado State University where he worked in partnership with the Water Management and Systems Research unit of the United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service.


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