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Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Dr. Kati Migliaccio

Chair and Professor
Fellow, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
Professional Engineer (P.E.)

Program Areas

Kati Migliaccio started in 2005 at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center focusing on water conservation, considering quality or quantity, and hydrology with a goal to identify realistic and sustainable solutions. She applied engineering principles to better manage water to meet growing population needs under increasing water supply uncertainty – considering climate change, disrupters in the system, and competing water users. Dr. Migliaccio has experience in different types of systems, including agricultural, natural, and urban. As a faculty member, she was instrumental in developing some of the first Smartphone Apps for irrigation management that incorporated crop specific models and linked to real-time data.

In 2018, Dr. Migliaccio started a leadership role in ABE as Chair of the department. A few of her focus areas as Chair include undergraduate research and recruitment, the UF Artificial Intelligence initiative, building partnerships with others outside of UF, and a society level and broader engagement effort on the topic of circular food and agricultural systems.

Dr. Migliaccio continues to be involved with efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in the department, the university, and the ASABE professional society. She also contributes to efforts within the UF Water Institute, the UF/IFAS Food Systems Institute (FSI), and the UF/IFAS Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN).

Contact Information

klwhite@ufl.edu

352-294-6743

Office:
120A Frazier Rogers Hall

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 110570
Gainesville, FL 32611-0570

  • Education
    • 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, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2010 - 2015
      Associate Professor, UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC), Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 2005 - 2010
      Assistant Professor, UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC), Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Florida
    • 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
  • Publications
  • Awards and Honors
    • G. B. Gunlogson Countryside Engineering Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2017
    • Arkansas Academy for Biological and Agricultural Engineers
    • Associate Editor Recognition Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2016
    • Fellow, UF Water Institute, University of Florida, 2016
    • Young Engineer Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - Florida Section, 2014
    • Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2014
    • Young Extension Worker Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2012
    • Superior Paper Award, 2011
    • Young Researcher Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - Florida Section, 2011
    • UF/IFAS Art Hornsby Award, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, 2010
    • Young Extension Worker Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers - Florida Section, 2009
    • UF/IFAS Richard Jones Outstanding New Faculty Research Award, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, 2009
  • Other Professional Activities
    • Board of Trustees, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), 2015-2018
    • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers