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Dr. Kati Migliaccio, Chair of the Water Institute Faculty Advisory Committee, has been named the new Chair of Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at UF/IFAS ,

Source: UF/IFAS News Release:

Dr. Kati Migliaccio was named to lead UF’s department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering by Jack Payne, UF senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources.

"Dr. Migliaccio's wealth of success in teaching, research and Extension brought her to the top of a list of highly qualified candidates for this critical position," Payne said. "I'm confident Dr. Migliaccio can guide faculty to help solve issues ranging from feeding the hungry to conserving water."

Migliaccio said she is honored by the appointment.

"I am excited to get started as chair," Migliaccio said. "The department has a long, established reputation and internationally recognized faculty who provide a foundation for unlimited innovation."

Migliaccio starts Aug. 1 and replaces Dorota Haman, who recently retired as chair. Rafael Muñoz-Carpena, also a professor in the agricultural and biological engineering department, served as interim chair after Haman retired.

Migliaccio earned her Ph.D. in biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Arkansas. She received her master's in biosystems and agricultural engineering from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor's in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M. She specializes in water conservation, hydrology, and irrigation in agricultural, natural, and urban systems.

Migliaccio sees many strengths on which the department can build:
  • Award-winning faculty and graduate students.
  • The Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer, the most widely used global crop-modeling system.
  • Two undergraduate minors — precision agriculture and packaging science — that reflect faculty expertise.
  • Home to the Biological Systems Modeling Graduate Certificate, which showcases the biological modeling strengths of the department.
  • A combination of two undergraduate degree programs: Agricultural operations management in the UF/IFAS College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and biological engineering in UF's Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.
  • Strong international presence with activities in Costa Rica, Brazil, Kenya, Vietnam, Netherlands, Mozambique and South Africa, among other nations.
  • Several faculty fellows of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and international recognized researchers.
  • Collaborations with the UF Water Institute, UF Climate Institute as well as multidisciplinary UF/IFAS centers such as the Center for Landscape Ecology and Conservation, Program for Resource Efficient Communities and the Center for Stress Resilient Agriculture.
Migliaccio sees some areas where she can help the department improve.

"I will facilitate growth and development of the department’s curriculum, considering work force needs and new innovations in the discipline," she said. For example, she would like to see more education in new technology to position graduates to be successful in the work force.

Long term, she'd like faculty to continue to serve as leaders in their disciplines, to have established and coordinated relationships with industry partners and to increase undergraduate enrollment.

"This point in history, in particular, needs the expertise of agricultural and biological engineers to contribute — through innovation — solutions for issues facing us locally as well as globally, such as water scarcity, food security, climate change, energy sustainability and more," Migliaccio said.

By Brad Buck, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

News In the Spotlight



2019 WIGF Request for Proposals 

The University of Florida Water Institute is soliciting proposals for the 2019 Water Institute Graduate Fellows (WIGF) program. This program will fund an interdisciplinary cohort of PhD-level Graduate Fellows to conduct integrative research, in collaboration with their advisors and other members of the team, in an emerging area of water science, broadly interpreted to include social, natural, and engineering sciences.

Click here to learn about the WIGF Program and Previous Cohorts

Click here for the detailed Request for Proposal (RFP)

Students In the Spotlight




2017 Tempisque WIGF Costa Rica Trip 


This summer, the 2017 Water Institute Graduate Fellows Cohort participated in the 2018 UF Levin College of Law Costa Rica Program as part of their research and outreach. They are studying strategies to achieve watershed resilience in the Tempisque watershed. Tom Ankersen, the UF Law Costa Rica Program advisor, is a participating faculty member in the 2017 WIGF Cohort.


The WIGF students spent their time in Costa Rica seeing firsthand the watershed that they have been studying. They joined nine law students also participating in the program to explore how law and policy interact with the social, economic, and hydrologic systems of the region. In the last week of the program, the WIGF students’ Faculty Advisors joined the group to meet with local stakeholders at a 2-day workshop at the EARTH University in Northwestern Costa Rica. The workshop employed scenario analysis, a policy-focused decision tool, to map the future of the watershed, and the results of the analysis will guide the WIGF Cohort’s research agenda, as well as inform local decision-making.

For more information on the program and more detailed accounts of the group’s activities in Costa Rica, you can visit the UF Law Environmental and Land Use Law Program’s Facebook page.



News In the Spotlight




Universities Council on Water Resources Scholarship 

Hang Duong, a UF student in the Environmental Horticulture Department, has been selected to receive a $1300 graduate student scholarship to attend the WaterSmart Innovations Conference in Las Vegas in October 2018. Duong’s research is entitled ‘Developing a Simple Water Use Model of Ilex x ‘Nellie R. Stevens’ and Quercus virginiana over Five Years in a Humid Climate’. Two UF Water Institute Affiliate Faculty members, Richard Beeson and Roger Kjelgren, are co-authors on the study.

Hang Dong is one of 20 graduates from around the country, and the only one from the University of Florida, selected to receive this travel scholarship. Selected students must present research in the areas of water demand management, water supply, and/or water conservation at the Las Vegas conference. The scholarship includes conference registration, one pre- or post-conference workshop, hotel and airfare, and a spending allowance for meals and transit.

The WaterSmart Innovations Conference occurs annually, and the 2018 conference is the 11th in the series. The Conference and Exposition hosts international leaders in innovative water efficiency technology and offers students and professionals the opportunity to network and build relationships that can lead to further research in the field.


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2019 WIGF Request for Proposals 
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2017 Tempisque WIGF Costa Rica Trip 
Posted: 7/13/2018

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Posted: 3/30/2018

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Posted: 2/27/2018

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Posted: 11/21/2017

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Posted: 11/6/2017

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Posted: 10/27/2017

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Posted: 10/16/2017

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Posted: 10/5/2017

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Posted: 9/25/2017

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Posted: 8/31/2017

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Posted: 8/16/2017

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Posted: 7/13/2017

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Posted: 7/6/2017

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Posted: 6/29/2017

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Posted: 6/21/2017

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Posted: 5/4/2017

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Posted: 4/20/2017

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Posted: 4/13/2017

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Posted: 4/3/2017

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Posted: 3/22/2017

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Posted: 3/3/2017

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Posted: 2/28/2017

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Posted: 2/14/2017

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Posted: 2/3/2017

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Posted: 1/25/2017

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Posted: 12/15/2016

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Posted: 12/7/2016

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Posted: 10/26/2016

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Posted: 10/12/2016

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Posted: 8/29/2016

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Posted: 6/24/2016

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Posted: 3/7/2016

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Posted: 8/24/2015

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Posted: 8/3/2015

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Posted: 6/23/2015

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Posted: 6/19/2015

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Posted: 4/16/2015

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Posted: 4/9/2015

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Posted: 3/26/2015

UF Water Institute project featured in NOAA's U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit 
Posted: 3/13/2015

Technical review of options to move water from Lake Okeechobee to the Everglades 
Posted: 3/5/2015

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Posted: 1/28/2015

2014 Distinguished Scholars Seminar 
Posted: 1/20/2015

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Posted: 1/20/2015

Dr. Wendy Graham invited to speak on water panel at the second annual Sayfie Review: Florida Leaders Summit (December 4-5, 2014) 
Posted: 12/16/2014

Dr. Michael Dukes , Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 11/20/2014

UF wins First Prize: EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge 
Posted: 11/20/2014

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Posted: 11/20/2014

James Jawitz and Jonathan Martin named 2014 Water Institute Faculty Fellows 
Posted: 9/26/2014

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Posted: 8/15/2013

Brazil Dams Working Group Awarded UF Internal Seed Funding 
Posted: 8/15/2013

UF wins First Prize: EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge 
Posted: 8/15/2013

Dr. Jim Heaney , Professor, Environmental Engineering Sciences
Posted: 8/15/2013

Water Institute helps Advance UF/IFAS Extension Water Initiatives 
Posted: 3/15/2013

Water Institute Graduate Fellows program 
Posted: 3/15/2013

Christopher Martinez , Assistant Professor , Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 3/15/2013

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Posted: 10/1/2012

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Posted: 10/1/2012

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Posted: 10/1/2012

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Posted: 10/1/2012

Tri-County Agricultural Area Water Quality Data Review and Information-Sharing Program 
Posted: 4/5/2012

Student Poster Winners 
Posted: 4/5/2012

Treavor Boyer , Assistant Professor , Environmental Engineering Sciences
Posted: 4/5/2012

Bin Gao , Assistant Professor , Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 4/5/2012

Hydrologic Sciences Academic Cluster 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Center of Excellence in Watershed Management 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Tempisque Basin, Costa Rica 
Posted: 12/7/2011

Rafael Muñoz-Carpena , Professor , Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Posted: 12/7/2011

Christine Overdevest , Assistant Professor , Sociology and Criminology & Law
Posted: 9/20/2011

Marie Kurz , PhD Student , Geology
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Posted: 9/20/2011

Water Institute Graduate Fellows program 
Posted: 9/20/2011

Public Water Supply Utilities Climate Impacts Working Group 
Posted: 9/20/2011

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