University of Florida
Kati White Migliaccio

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Kati White Migliaccio

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Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
273 Frazier Rogers Hall , PO Box 110570 Gainesville, FL 32611
352-392-1864 ext. 273

Kati Migliaccio describes her professional focus as "all about water conservation, whether quality or quantity, and identifying realistic and sustainable solutions." Water is the main character in a sustainability drama currently playing out in Florida and worldwide. Engineering principles can be applied to better manage water to meet growing population needs under increasing water supply uncertainty. Migliaccio works in different types of systems, including agricultural, natural, and urban.

Migliaccio has tackled the problem of growing water demands from several angles, focusing primarily on hydrology and water management. One part of her program consists of monitoring different aspects of hydrology and using this information in simulation models to explore scenarios and select optimum solutions. She also collaborates with weather and climate experts to use data resources to aid in water decision making. Another part of Migliaccio’s programs includes conducting field trials to test different technologies or practices that showed promise in modeling scenarios. Example technologies, such as smart feedback systems or best management practices, investigated in field trials provide evidence of real world potential outcomes on water use efficiency and/or downstream water quality. Migliaccio’s program also collaborates with many different disciplines as water challenges often are complex problems that require a variety of scientific expertise.


Dr. Migliaccio specializes in monitoring and modeling of hydrology; water conservation; irrigation in agricultural and urban landscapes; BMPs

Research and Extension

  • Hydrologic monitoring and modeling in south Florida agricultural and natural systems
  • Agricultural irrigation and best management practices
  • Urban irrigation and smart technologies



  • Ph.D. Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas 2005
  • M.S. Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky 1999
  • B.S. Agricultural Engineering, Texas A & M University 1997

Professional Experience

  • 2015-Present
    Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department,.
  • 2010-2015
    Associate Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC)
  • 2005-2010 
    Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department, UF/IFAS TREC
  • 2002-2005 
    Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arkansas
  • 2000-2002 
    Engineer II, Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission
  • 1999-2000 
    Engineering consultant, Roy F. Weston, Inc. Houston, TX

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) G. B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award
  • Inducted into the Arkansas Academy for Biological and Agricultural Engineers
  • 2016 ASABE Associate Editor Recognition Award
  • 2016 Fellow of the UF Water Institute
  • 2014 Florida Section ASABE Outstanding Young Engineer Award
  • 2014 ASABE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award
  • 2012 ASABE Young Extension Worker Award
  • 2011 ASABE Superior Paper Award
  • 2011 Florida Section ASABE Young Researcher Award
  • 2010 UF/IFAS Art Hornsby Award ($500 for program support; $1500 for salary bonus)
  • 2009 Florida Section ASABE Young Extension Worker Award
  • 2009 UF/IFAS Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award

Other Professional Activities

  • Member, ASABE Board of Trustees 2015-2018
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Associate Editor for Transactions of ASABE and Applied Engineering in Agriculture