Explore the Environmental Innovations of the WET Center in Fresno

May 3, 2023 12:00 pm
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Charles Hillyer, PhD

Interim Associate Vice President of the California Water Institute

The California Water Institute is the newly reorganized Center at Fresno State. This Center, comprised of four different entities, serves as an umbrella organization for all of the water centers at Fresno State.

  • The WET Center helps ventures grow healthy businesses from innovative ideas. They support water, energy, and ag-tech entrepreneurs through programs with the help of a diverse network of industry and academic professionals.
  • The Center for Irrigation Technology has a 43-year history of “testing everything that gets wet” in an irrigation system. 
  • The Research & Education Division focuses on water policy, outreach, and advocacy to benefit everyone in the great state of California
  • CSU-WATER is an Afinity Group that spans the entire CSU system and seeks to foster new research collaborations and partnerships that focus on all aspects of water.

Charles Hillyer, Interim Associate Vice President of the California Water Institute, will teach us about the organization, the Center’s mission, and its collective goals.

Partnerships like these are necessary to solve our water issues. You don’t want to miss this free presentation.

During this webinar, you will learn:

  1. How CWI helps growers, tech companies, and communities improve water, energy, and agtech for our benefit
  2. The various companies involved with the WET Center
  3. How you can get involved with the WET Center and make a difference in conservation and sustainability.



Charles Hillyer, PhD

Interim Associate Vice President of the California Water Institute

Charles Hillyer, PhD is the Director of the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at California State University, Fresno. He has over 20 years of experience developing software systems and tools for agriculture, with 13 of those years focused on irrigation management and deficit irrigation. Hillyer is an active member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), the Irrigation Association (IA), the Irrigation Innovation Consortium (IIC), and AgGateway. He also works on international standards development and serves as the Chair of NRES-03/2 US TAG committee for ISO TC23/SC18.

CIT is built on a foundation of innovation and technology transfer focused on testing, applied research and entrepreneurship to support developing and deploying technologies that will bring the world the most innovative products and resource management tools. Hillyer’s current work at CIT is combining today’s best new technologies into a fully integrated system, where decision support is part of the integration, addresses the burden of doing irrigation scheduling and has the potential to improve water management.

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