Daran Rudnick holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He is an assistant professor of Biological Systems Engineering at UNL, specializing in irrigation/water management. His appointment consists of developing and conducting relevant and responsive irrigation/water management research and extension programs for crops grown in the Central High Plains. His specific research interests include: full and limited irrigation management, evapotranspiration of various vegetative surfaces, soil water extraction dynamics, precision water management, fertigation, concurrent management of irrigation and nitrogen fertilizer, economic feasibility of irrigation practices, and plant and soil water monitoring technologies. Daran has 32 peer-reviewed manuscripts, co-authored with over 70 individuals, addressing local to international water challenges. Daran has an active extension program that engages growers, industry, regulatory agencies, and university personnel. Most notably, he co-developed the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program that engages a diverse group of stakeholders around efficient and profitable crop production.