ABE Student receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Land and Water Resource Engineering student Sharmin Siddiqui was selected for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This program recognizes outstanding students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. This fellowship is awarded to students attending accredited U.S. institutions who are pursuing a research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.


Siddiqui is graduating from the UF Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department with a specialization in land and water resource engineering. Her project will focus on the impact of dams on the Amazon and works to determine management strategies that will support the conservation of the Amazon River.

A group of 2,000 students were selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program from over 12,000 applicants. These selected students will have opportunities for international research and professional development, along with the freedom to conduct their own research. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend along with a cost of education allowance for tuition and fees.

Siddiqui plans to continue her graduate studies at the University of Florida where she will pursue her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering.

Congratulations to Sharmin Siddiqui on achieving this great honor! For more information, visit the NSF article by clicking here.

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ABE Grad Student Wins UF 3MT

Thiago receives 1st place award at UF 3MT competition

Congratulations to ABE graduate student Thiago Borba Onofre who won the UF Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition! His thesis presentation is titled A Wireless Sensor Network for a Strawberry Disease Warning System. Thiago’s advisor is Dr. Clyde Fraisse, who specializes in the development of climate risk mitigation tools for agricultural and natural resources managers. Thiago advances to the regional competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) on February 22-25, 2018 held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to compete again. Great job, Thiago!



Mentoring Highlights: ABE Halloween


We had a great time at our Halloween Social this year! This annual departmental event is hosted by the Mentoring Program and challenges mentor- mentee pairs to come in paired costumes.  Fun for all!

Best Individual Costume: Ian Hahus – 70’s Basketball Star
Best Mentor-Mentee Costume: Marco and Reginald – ABE Police



Check out some of the other costumes below!



ABE 3 Minute Thesis + Videos 2017

If you attended ABE’s Three Minute Thesis and Video Contest (3MT+V) last Thursday evening (Oct. 25, 2017), you know what a great job everyone did!

Congratulations to the following 3MT winners and participants:

  • Kirsten Paff
  • Ixchel Hernandez
  • Marcelo Calle
  • Victoria Morgan
  • Thiago Onofre- 1st place- $75
  • Kira Hansen- runner-up- $50

Congratulations to the following video (2V) winners and participants:

  • Hao Gan- People’s Choice Award- $75
  • Thiago Onofre
  • Nick Cavallaro
  • Marco Pazmino



 THANK YOU to the Graduate Professional Development Committee and Chair Thiago Onofre, our judges Amy Buhler and Stephanie Webster, Dr. Haman and the ABE Department for support and cash prizes, Daniel Preston for technical support, and most of all to the students for stepping out of their comfort zone and challenging themselves to present their research in 3 minutes or less!

 Stay tuned for more success as three of our grads move on to compete at the University 3MT with the first heat beginning tomorrow and the finals on November 9th at 2 pm. http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/events/3mt/

Ziynet Boz Wins Outstanding Service Award at IFT 17

At the IFT 17 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada this June, Ziynet Boz brought home two awards!

As a member of the leadership team of the Food Packaging Division, Ziynet received the outstanding service award.

Ziynet also won First Place in the Packaging Division Poster Competition for her poster titled  “Modified Atmosphere Packaging Using Pressurized Permeable Gas Components.”

Great job Ziynet!!


Three Haitian students welcomed to graduate studies at UF ABE

By: Victoria Price

This fall, three Haitian students will begin studying their Master’s in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Floyid Nicolas, Rédjino Mompremier, and Josué St Fort will begin their graduate studies as part of the MS Graduate Program with the Feed the Future Haiti Appui à la Recherche et au Développement Agricole project (AREA). Our department welcomes 3 of the 15 AREA MS graduate students at UF in addition to another 2 enrolled at Louisiana State University.

All three incoming ABE students are eager to begin their graduate program with the ABE department’s distinguished faculty. In his graduate program, Nicolas hopes to pursue research on geographic information systems (GIS) and hydrology for his thesis under major professor, Kati White Migliaccio. Mompremier will be working under major professor Young Gu Her and plans to focus on irrigation scheduling based on soil moisture modeling to improve agricultural production and water use efficiency. Looking at food security and working under major professor Clyde Fraisse, St. Fort intends to begin researching climatology and hopes to create a digital tool through biological modeling to help track Haitian crops.


Haiti students
Floyid Nicolas (left), Josue St Fort ( middle) and Rédjino Mompremier (right) will start their graduate program in ABE department this fall.

During their graduate programs, the students will work with public and private sectors in Haiti to promote agricultural modernization, and provide research-based information and recommendations for farmers to improve food security. To provide guidance and support to their graduate research, each Haitian graduate student will have a research professional from Haiti on their graduate committees along with other faculty members from ABE department and within UF/IFAS.

The Feed the Future Haïti Appui à la Recherche et au Développement Agricole (AREA) is a five-year funded project made possible by the American people through USAID as part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future initiative to reduce global hunger. The AREA Project is led by the University of Florida International Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS Global) with consortium implementers Louisiana State University and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.