Skip to main content

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 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.

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