University of Florida

Research Mentors 2012

Professor Jasmeet Judge

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Professor Jasmeet JudgeProfessor Jasmeet Judge received her PhD. in Electrical Engineering and Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently, she is the Director of the Center of Remote Sensing and an Associate Professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida. She is also the Faculty Advisor for the UF Student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Professor Judge’s research focuses on applications of remote sensing in terrestrial hydrology. She is developing novel methodologies to use remotely sensed observations for improving predictions of soil water by hydrology models in agricultural terrains. Her approach is multidisciplinary, utilizing significant advances in disciplines such as agronomy, hydrology, micro-meteorology, and remote sensing. She is integrating models developed by these research communities to assimilate remotely sensed observations.

Professor Kati Migliaccio

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Professor Kati Migliaccio received her PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Currently, she is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida. She is located at the Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC) in Homestead, FL. In 2009, she received the UF/IFAS Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award.

Professor Migliaccio research program is in the area of Land and Water Resource Engineering and focuses on conservation of water resources and water-related agricultural sustainability through application of engineering principles to best ensure that future designated uses can be obtained and realistic water resource goals can be devised.

Professor Reza Ehsani

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Professor Ehsani received his Ph.D. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of California, Davis, where he worked on precision agriculture applications for high value crops. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida/IFAS Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC).  

His current areas of research include developing tools and techniques for precision horticulture management, applications of low-cost unmanned flying platform for orchard management and precision horticulture, disease and stress detection sensors, automation and machine enhancement for citrus mechanical harvesters.

Professor Bin Gao

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Professor Bin GaoProfessor Bin Gao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) at the University of Florida (UF). Before he joined the UF, Bin was a research associate at Cornell University and a postdoctoral research associate at Yale University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. His B.S. (Chemistry) and M.S. (Environmental Chemistry) degrees were received from Nanjing University in China.

Professor Gao's research mainly lies in studying water quality and environmental sustainability. It spans a broad range of topics including environmental and water resources engineering, environmental nanotechnology, waste and water reclamation, and hydrologic modeling. Most of his research is interdisciplinary and balances experimental and modeling investigations. In addition to a long-standing interest in research, Professor Gao also has a strong interest in teaching. He currently is teaching a course at the ABE Department on "Environmental Nanotechnology in Water Research". He is also developing other courses in water quality and environmental nanotechnology.

Professor Eric McLamore

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Professor Eric S. McLamore received his PhD in Biological Engineering and Civil/Environmental Engineering from Purdue University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department at the University of Florida (UF). Before joining UF, he was a research scientist at the Bindley Bioscience Center and Birck Nanotechnology Center in Purdue’s Discovery Park.

Dr. McLamore’s research specializes in the development and application of sensor technology for solving grand challenges in biological engineering.  Research includes water recovery on earth and in space exploration, toxicity of emerging contaminants, climate change and developmental biology (such as flowering and fruiting), sustainable bioenergy, and biomedical research applications such as cancer screening and neurophysiology.  The interdisciplinary research group works collaboratively in the areas of physics (nanomaterials), analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology/biology. In our lab we focus on bridging the gap between the life sciences, engineering, and technology for creating tools needed to solve hypothesis driven research.

Professor Rafael Muñoz-Carpena

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Professor Rafael Muñoz-Carpena received his PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from North Carolina State University, and he is currently a Professor in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) Department at the University of Florida (UF). He has received numerous awards, including the IFAS International Achievement Award (2008), Gamma Sigma Delta Jr. Faculty Award (2010), and more recently, the UF Research Foundation Professor award in 2011.

Professor Muñoz-Carpena’s research interests focus on surface/groundwater hydrology and water quality. In particular, he specializes in understanding the hydrologic processes through global sensitivity and uncertainty of environment models; water management and hydrologic studies of contaminant transport, transformation and fate processes, and of water-related agricultural production practices to improve the compatibility of agriculture with the surrounding natural ecosystem and expanding urban population.

Professor Rao Mylavarapu

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Professor Rao Mylavarapu received his PhD in Soil Science from Clemson University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Soil and Water Sciences at UF and also a serves as the Director of UF/IFAS Soil Testing and Analytical Research Laboratories.

Professor Mylavarapu’s research interests focus on soil and nutrient management for economically and environmentally sustainable crop production. They include management of nutrients, pesticides and wastes, remediation of contaminated soils, waters, and aquifers, soil quality/ecosystem services, and soil/landscape analysis.

Professor James Syvertsen

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Professor James Syvertsen received his PhD in Biology from New Mexico State University. He is a Professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at University of Florida (UF) and located at the UF/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred, Florida. He was awarded the  UF Research Foundation Professorship in 2008.

Professor Syvertsen's research interests include integration of citrus stress physiology, specifically relating to effects of light, temperature, mechanical harvesting, drought, salinity, pests and nutrient stress on water, carbon and nutrient budgets of citrus.

Professor Jeffery Ullman

Dr. Jeffery Ullman

Professor Jeff Ullman received his Ph.D. in Biological & Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M University, and he is currently an Assistant Professor in the Agricultural & Biological Engineering (ABE) Department at the University of Florida (UF).  He received the Texas A&M University Excellence Award in 2005 and was recognized in 2009 with a Faculty Excellence Award while an assistant professor at Washington State University.

Professor Ullman’s research follows an interdisciplinary approach to address water quality problems, drawing on facets of chemistry, hydrology and land-use management.  His research examines the fundamental behavior of pollutants in soil and water systems to better under­stand contaminant fate & transport phenomenon, while investigating potential exposure pathways and associated impacts on biota. Recognizing the often interrelated nature of contaminants derived from land­form perturbations, a variety of pollutants are considered, including nutrients, sediment, trace organic chemicals, metals and pathogens. Results are directly applied to the development and evaluation of engineered mitigation, remediation and treatment technologies. Outcomes are aimed at the implementa­tion of improved best management practices (BMPs) to help improve water quality.