Agrarian scientist, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Academician of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, Laureate of the NAAS Award for Outstanding Achievements in Agrarian Science.
He specializes in land reclamation, efficient use of water resources, protection of lands and rural settlements against the harmful effects of water, technology and technological tools for micro-irrigation.
In 1974 he graduated from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, then he had postgraduate studies of this university. Since 1977 he has been working at IWPLR, where he went from a junior research worker to the director of the Institute.
He is a member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the State Agency for Water Resources of Ukraine, Chairman of the Special Council for the Candidate and Doctoral Dissertations Defense, Editor-in-Chief of the Interdepartmental Thematic Journal “Land Reclamation and Water Management”, Member of the editorial board of the journals “Water Management of Ukraine” and “Vegetable Production”.
He was a dissertation advisor for 13 PhDs 2 Doctors, created a scientific school on the issues of resource-saving environmentally friendly irrigation. For many years of fruitful scientific activity he was awarded with the Order of Merit of the Third Degree (2009), Honorary Certificate of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2006), the Badge of Honor of the Kyiv City Mayor (2001), Honorary Distinction of the State Committee of Water Resources of Ukraine (2003) and Honorary Distinction of UAAS (2007). The developments made by Mykhailo Romashchenko are innovative and widely used in production.
M. Romashchenko authored and co-authored 470 printed works, including the books "Energy Saving in the Operation of Pumping Stations for Irrigation and Drainage Systems of Ukraine" (1999), "Land Irrigation in Ukraine" (2000), "Current State, Major Problems of Water Reclamation and Ways to Solve It" (2001), “Water-related hazards. Carpathian floods. Statistics, causes, regulation ”(2002),“ Information support for irrigation agriculture ”(2005),“ Systems of drip irrigation”(2007),“ Scientific bases of protection and rational use of irrigated lands of Ukraine ”(2009),“ Drop irrigation of vegetable crops and potatoes in the Steppe of Ukraine ”(2012),“ The concept of renewal and development of irrigation in the Southern region of Ukraine ”(2014),“ Drop irrigation. Training manual (2015), Water Strategy of Ukraine (Scientific Basis) (2015), Soil Reclamation (Systematics, Prospects, Innovations) (2015), Sustainable Water Use and Land Reclamation (2016).
He graduated from Kherson State Agrarian University (2002) on the specialty – hydraulic engineer. From 2002 to 2003 he worked as a researcher in the Irrigated Agriculture Department of the Institute of Southern Vegetables and Melons Production of UAAS (Gola Prystan, Kherson region).
In 2004-2006 he became a full-time postgraduate student of IWPLR. From January 2007 to June 2011 he headed the Micro Irrigation Laboratory of IWPLR. Since July 2011 he has been the Deputy Director of the Institute for Scientific Work. The main area of his scientific activity is research and scientific substantiation of drip irrigation parameters for cultivated crops, in particular the study of the water-nutrient regime of soils, the patterns of water consumption and the formation of moistening zones.
He is an author and co-author of more than 270 scientific publications.
In 1995 he graduated from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv on the specialty – land hydrology and obtained the qualification as a hydrologist-hydrochemist. He completed his postgraduate studies at the aforementioned university and in 2001 received a PhD in Geography. During the period 1997-2014 he worked at various positions in the State Water Resources Agency of Ukraine.
He is a civil servant of the Second Order. In 2006 he was awarded with the Diploma of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
His main activity is the development of legislative and regulatory acts in the field of water management, improvement of integrated water management based on the basin principle, monitoring of water quality, scientific substantiation of measures to protect against the harmful effects of water.
He is an author and co-author of more than 30 scientific papers.
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In 1962 he graduated from the Institute of Water Engineers then he became a postgraduate student at Kyiv Engineering and Construction Institute. In the period 1962 – 1974 he was a Senior Engineer, Team Leader, Head of Division, Deputy Chief Engineer of the Institute of Ukrdiprovodgosp of the Ministry of Land Reclamation and Water Management of the USSR.
In 1974 – 1987 he occupied the post of the Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Land Reclamation.
In 1987 – 1990 he was a Director-General of the All-Union Research and Production Association UkrSRIHELR and the Director of the Institute.
In 1990 – 2011 he was a Director of the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Land Reclamation (for today it is the Institute of Water Problems and Land Reclamation of the NAAS).
In 2001 – 2006 he was a Vice-President of UAAS.
During 1966-1970 he pursued his postgraduate studies (correspondence department) of Kyiv Engineering and Construction Institute under the leadership of Professor V.V. Smyslov. In 1970, at the Ukrainian Institute of Water Engineers, he defended his Ph.D. thesis titled as "Study of devices for automatic regulation of water tables in irrigation system canals", and in 1975 at Moscow Hydromelioration Institute he defended his doctoral thesis titled as "Design principles and calculation methods of interfarm automated reclamation network for plain areas".
He created a scientific school. Under his leadership about 50 doctoral and 380 PhD theses were defended. The achievements of Academician P. Kovalenko were highly praised by the state. He is a laureate of the State Prize of Ukraine in the field of science and technology (1998), a laureate of the Award of the Ukrainian Academy of Agrarian Sciences "For Outstanding Achievements in Agrarian Science", he was also awarded with the honorary title of Honored Worker of Science and Technology of Ukraine, awarded with the Order of Merit of the Third and Second Degrees, with many medals.
He is the author of fundamental and applied works on technological processes control on irrigation systems, establishing the efficient water management systems and automated control systems for them.
P. Kovalenko has published more than 400 scientific papers, 14 books, including 1 training manual. His developments are protected with 24 copyright certificates and patents. 56 scientific collections, books and scientific works on the issues of hydraulic engineering and land reclamation, water management, technology of construction and operation of irrigation systems have been published scientifically edited by P. Kovalenko. In 1982 he was awarded with the academic title of Professor.