Wesley Hopwood

Research Staff

Civil and Agricultural Engineer


Building 2, Level 3


Wesley grew up on an irrigated farm and cattle ranches in the western USA where he spent many hours getting his hands dirty in agriculture. In 2006 Wesley graduated with a Masters degree in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University (USA). Much of his career was spent in Civil engineering consulting where he focused on utility design, water/wastewater treatment, and site design.

Wesley moved to Saudi Arabia in 2020 for a position with Red Sea Farms as Director of Design Engineering and has since been building an expertise in desert greenhouses. Wesley transitioned to the KAUST Center for Desert Agriculture in October 2023 as the Civil and Agricultural Engineer, helping to drive forward several expansion and research projects. Wesley is a Professional Engineer (PE)-licensed Civil and Agricultural Engineer in both the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Research Interests

Sustainable desert greenhouses.


  • MSc, Irrigation Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA, 2006
  • BSc, Biological Engineering, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA, 2005

Professional Profile

  • 2022: Civil and Agricultural Engineer, Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST
  • 2020-2022: Director of Design Engineering, Red Sea Farms, Thuwal, KSA
  • 2017-2020: Civil Engineer, Stantec, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
  • 2014-2017: Civil Engineer, PDC Engineers, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
  • 2012-2017: Project Engineer, Lifewater Engineering, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
  • 2010-2011: Area Engineer, Millennium Relief and Development Services, Kirkuk, Iraq
  • 2006-2009: Civil/Agricultural Engineer, DOWL HKM Engineering, Billings, Montana, USA

Research Interests Keywords

sustainable desert greenhouses