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Dr. Richard Koech

Senior Lecturer - Agriculture
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Institute for Future Farming Systems
Building 8 - G.29
About Me

Dr Richard Koech joined CQUniversity (Department of Agriculture, Science and Environment) in January 2017 as a Lecturer in Agriculture. Richard is an Agricultural Engineer, with masters and PhD qualifications in the field of irrigation engineering and hydraulics. Richard previously worked as an Agricultural Engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya, and later as a Lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), also in Kenya. Since receiving his PhD from the University of Southern Queensland, Richard has worked as a Research Engineer (University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, Adelaide) and as a Program Leader, International Development and Training, Agriculture Water Management (University of New England, Armidale).

Richard’s expertise and research interests include:

Agricultural soil and water management

Agricultural irrigation

Agricultural education and extension

Biosystems engineering (including biomass and bioenergy studies)

Hydraulics and fluid mechanics

Metrology and uncertainty analysis

Smart water metering

Remote sensing and spatial analysis (GIS)

Watershed analysis and hydrology

Universities Studied At

1990 - 1996 BSc. Agr Engineering, Egerton University

2002 - 2003 Master of Engineering Technology (Agricultural), University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

2009 - 2012 PhD, Automated real time control of furrow irrigation, University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Universities Worked At

2006 - 2009 Lecturer, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), Kakamega, Kenya.

2009 - 2012 Casual academic/PhD student, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD.

2012 - 2014 Research Engineer, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus, Adelaide, SA.

2014 - 2017 Program Leader (Agricultural Water Management), University of New England, Armidale, NSW.

2017 - Present Lecturer, CQUniversity, Bundaberg Campus, QLD.


2002 - 2002        Australian Awards Scholarship (to pursue masters degree)

2009 - 2012        PhD Scholarship Award, University of Southern Queensland. 

Professional Experience

2017 - Present            Lecturer in Agriculture, Department of Agriculture, Science and Environment 

                                   School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity, Bundaberg Campus.

2014 - 2016                Program Leader, International Development and Training (Agriculture Water Management)

                                   School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England (UNE).

2012 - 2014                Research/Quality Engineer, Australian Irrigation and Hydraulics Technology Centre (AIHTC)

                                   University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes Campus.

2009 - 2012                Casual Academic/PhD Student, National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)

                                   University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

2006 - 2009                Lecturer, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,

                                   Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) 

1997 - 2006                Agricultural Engineer, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya.

Professional Memberships

2013 - present         Engineers Australia, Civil Group


Currently reviews for the following journals:

  • Agricultural Water management
  • Water
  • International Journal of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
  • Irrigation Science
  • ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering;
  • Biosystems Engineering
  • African Journal of Agricultural Research
  • Journal of Agricultural Science
  • Sustainability
  • World Research Journal of Agricultural Science
  • Science of Cold and Arid Regions

Consultancy Work

June - Dec 2016        Landcare NSW - Update and review the paper "The value of Landcare to the Australian Community"

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3002 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • 4005 Civil Engineering
  • 4011 Environmental Engineering
  • 4099 Other Engineering
  • 3707 Hydrology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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