Prof. Fedro S. Zazueta


1974 B.S. in Civil Engineering, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México
1977 M.S. in Agronomy, Tecnológico de Monterrey, México
1982 Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering, Colorado State University, USA

Some things about me

I'm currently an emeritus professor of agricultural and biological engineering. I have been with the University of Florida since 1982. I served as Associate CIO, Director of the Office of Academic Technology, Director of IFAS IT, and professor. I was charged in the past with leading IT strategic planning and governance efforts for the institution.

Some career highlights are:

  • President of the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (IAABE), 2018-2019.
  • Secretary General of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (CIGR), 2018-2024.
  • President of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biological Engineering ( 2011-2012, Member of the Club of Bologna, Fellow of the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystem Engineering, and Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
  • Produced numerous publications and software related to computer applications in education and extension, agriculture and water management.
  • Received several awards, including UF Presidential Medallion for Outstanding Service, Massey-Ferguson Educational Award, Lifetime Honorary President of CIGR, the Kishida International Award, the US Department of Agriculture Outstanding Service Award, Outstanding Leadership Award from ASABE, Young Engineer of the Year from the Florida Section of ASAE, Florida Davis Productivity Award from the Florida Tax Watch Foundation, and Teacher of the Year from the Tecnológico de Monterrey Student Association.
  • Chaired or co-chaired the World Conference on Computers in Agriculture since 1982.
  • Consulted for World Bank, USAID and other public and private institutions in Latin America, Asia and Europe at a cabinet level.

For more information see my resume:  Short Version Long Version.

List of publications (pdf, not always up to date).


These are some forums I've made presentations to:

  • Commission on Higher Education, Office of the President, The Philippines. (Keynote: Distance Learning and the Flipped Classroom. Youtube)
  • VII Agrievolution Summit.  Madrid Spain (Plenary: Creating a Competent Workforce)
  • Artificial Intelligence Summit, Beijing, China (Plenary: Science, Technology, Convergence, Innovation and Artificial Intelligence)
  • Colorado state University, Ft. Collins, USA (Plenary: Perspectives on Ethics and Globalization)
  • United Nations Committee on Sustainable Development. New York, USA (Plenary: Sustainable Engineering Practice for Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Management)
  • World Federation of Engineering Societies, Madrid, Spain (Plenary: Information Technologies for the 21st Century)
  • Chinese Ministry of Commerce, Beihai, China (Role of IT in poverty mitigation)
  • Asia Federation of Information Technologies in Agriculture (AFITA) Congress, Suwon, Korea. (Keynote Speaker. Information Technologies in Agricultural Extension)
  • European Federation of Information Technologies. Bonn, Germany (Plenary: A Centralized-Distributed Model for IT Management)
  • Academy of Engineering. Washington D.C. (Invited Speaker: Bioengineered Foods)
  • Latin American Association of Agricultural Engineers Congress, San Jose Costa Rica. (Plenary: Information Technology in Agriculture)
  • Symposiun on New Technologies Applied to Agriculture, ITAP. Albacete, Spain. (Keynote Speaker: Information Technologies Applied to Agriculture)

Sample Publications

List of publications  (pdf, not always up to date).

These are some publications related to my research:

  • P. Busato, R. Berruto, F.S. Zazueta, J. Silva-Lugo. 2016. Student Performance in Conventional and Flipped Classroom Learning Environments. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. Vol. 32(5):509-518. ISSN 0883-8542
  • Xin, J., and F.S. Zazueta. 2016. Technology Trends in ICT- Towards data driven farmer-centered approach and knowledge-based hybrid cloud architectures for smart farming.  AgricEngInt: CIGR Journal.  Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 275-279.
  • Xin, J., F. Zazueta, P. Vergot III, X. Mao, N. Kooram, Y. Yang. 2015. Delivering Knowledge and Solutions at Your Fingertips: Strategy for Mobile Apps and Development in Agriculture, CIGR Journal, Special Issue: 18th World Congress of CIGR, Pp.317-325.
  • Williams, R.J., JC. Harman, F.S. Zazueta and J.S. Smith. 2011.     Development for Student Success: An undergraduate online course in Engineering.  Learning Technology Consortium. Teaching with Technology, Vol. 2 pp. 17-1/17-7.
  • Zazueta, Fedro S., Jiannong Xin, Luis Santos Pereira, and André Musy.  2006. Section 6.4 Information Technologies in Water Management, pp. 401-414 of Chapter 6 Management and Decision Support Systems, in CIGR Handbook of Agricultural Engineering Volume VI Information Technology. Edited by CIGR--The International Commission of Agricultural Engineering; Volume Editor, Axel Munack. St. Joseph, Michigan, USA: ASABE
  • F.S. Zazueta. Creating the Collaborative University. Proceedings of the Joint EFITA/WCCA. July 25-28, 2005. Villa Real, Protugal.
  • E. S. Sepúlveda Bustos, F. S. Zazueta, R. Bucklin, E. Holzapfel Hoces. Rapid Prototyping of Learning Objects for Agricultural and Biological Engineering Education. 2006 Applied Engineering in Agriculture.Vol. 22(3): 461-475.
  • Sepúlveda, E.S., M. Pineros, F.S. Zazueta, and E.A. Holzapfel.
    2004 Use of learning objects for the delivery of multilingual irrigation engineering education content. ASAE/CSAE Meeting Presentation. Ottawa, Canada Paper Number 043006. 16 p.
  • Sepúlveda, E.S., F.S. Zazueta, E.A. Holzapfel, and R.A. Bucklin.
    2004 Equations for complex microirrigation network hydraulics using grid computing. ASAE Section Meeting Presentation. Stuart, FL, USA. Paper Number FL04-1008. 12 p.
  • Sepúlveda, E.S. and F.S. Zazueta. Wetted bulb dimensions from a trickle source. ABE351. Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. 2004
  • Vergot,P., F.S. Zazueta and H.W. Beck. 2004. Use of personal digital assistants for extension program record keeping. Journal of extension. Vol. 42 Number 4.
  • J. Xin, M.T. Momol, R.K. Sprenkel, H.W. Beck, F.S. Zazueta, P. Vergot III, G.C. Wisler.
    2003 Using a web-based distance diagnostic and identification system as a tool for biosecurity.
    ASAE annual International Meeting paper number 033069, Las Vegas Nevada.
  • Zazueta. F.S., and P. Vergot III. Use of Handheld Computers in Agriculture. Proceedings of the 5th Congress of the European Federation of Information Technology in Agriculture. July 2003,. Debrecen, Hungary. pp: 12-16.
  • Zazueta F.S., and Jiannong Xin, Editors, 2001 Proceedings of the World Conference on Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources. ASAE. Iguazu Falls, Brasil, 901 pp.

Active Learning

These materials are designed to conduct a workshop with faculty and students to develop skills in active learning:

Active Learning: The Flipped Classroom

Materials to Conduct an Active learning session (Spanish)

OnLine Learning

These materials are part of the tools used in the University of Florida Faculty Institute. Materials were developed at the Center for Instructional Technology and Training.

Selected Materials from UF's Faculty Institute.