University of Florida

Project Alumni

Sara WynnSara Wynn

Sara Wynn graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with degrees in Chinese Language and Environmental Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources. She began working for the irrigation research team as a senior at UF and was a full-time research assistant since graduating. Sara worked on projects related to strawberry frost protection, distribution uniformity testing, and irrigation controller technology.

Consuelo RomeroConsuelo Romero, Ph.D.

Dr. Romero is a Post-Doctoral Researcher whose specific areas of expertise are irrigation modeling, soil fertility, soil erosion, and water conservation. She holds degrees in Biology, Soil Science, specializing in Production Ecology and Resource Conservation.


Melissa Baum HaleyMelissa Baum Haley

Melissa was awarded her B.S. and M.E. degrees from the University of Florida in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, focusing on land and water resources. Her Masters work analyzed effects of irrigation efficiency on water-use in Florida’s St. Johns River Water Management District. She is currently a doctoral student in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department studying the interaction between the technical and social aspects of residential irrigation water-use conservation. With the Southwest Florida Water Management District, she has been working on project in efforts to reduce residential irrigation water application by incorporating sensor based controllers and educational materials. She is also working with the District's Communications Department to quantify water conservation practices and perceptions through homeowner survey research, and effective behavioral change at household level interaction.

Thomas OlmstedThomas Olmsted

Tom Olmsted graduated from Michigan State University with a Masters Degree in Agricultural Technology and Systems Management.  His Masters research consisted of evaluating daily evapotranspiration estimation methods. Tom served with the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa and was later Research Equipment Manager for the DEKALB Genetics Corporation. His PhD research is looking at different irrigation strategies and the use of commercially available soil moisture sensors for the purpose of reducing irrigation water use on landscapes.

Eban Bean

Leah Meeks

Daniel Rutland