Dr. Miglietta has an appreciation for the risks involved inn marine activities, especially those related to the development of ocean renewable energy. She is seeking work with conventional developers in the nearshore or offshore.
Dr. Miglietta has worked within the scope of renewable energy research since 2007. She developed a turbine array designed to exploit the Coriolis force. Being the primary investigator on the project at Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Miglietta developed and managed the research independently. Her work highlighted the Coriolis force as an exploitable force in conjunction with ocean renewable energy. Prior to these findings she worked with researchers and developers of renewable ocean energy in Cook Strait, New Zealand. Dr. Miglietta has 4 years work experience in the executive branch of largest research institution in New Zealand, GNS. She worked directly with the CEO within the scope of ocean renewable energy research. Dr. Miglietta is a scientist and an engineer who can execute as well as develop highly technical plans. Her research on the tidal resource brought developers and researchers together to acquire the location she identified for the development. Dr. Miglietta has work experience on renewable energy projects and understands how government, private sector developers, and researchers function together.
Key West, Florida
Principal Investigator, Department of Ocean & Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL— 4/2016-12/2019, 20+ hrs per week
Conceived and executed computational fluid dynamics(CFD) experiments investigating rotational effects at obstructions to flow during periods of slack tide. The CFD experiments utilized the high performance computing system at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). FAU’s Koko was used to process the time dependent CFD models which were then run on systems capable of visualizing the data, using machines at FAU’s College of Engineering. Miglietta completed one year of ANSYS training through the software developer to become proficient with ANSYS Workbench prior to developing and executing the advanced research of Coriolis force energy affecting flow patterns around structures. Miglietta presented the progress of her work to the department three times a year until she successfully defended her dissertation in 2019.
Intern, Crain Atlantis Engineering: Deerfield Beach, FL —8/2015-6/2016,
20+ hrs per week
At Crain Atlantis Dr. Miglietta worked on a range of civil engineering projects with professional engineers, professional architects and other staff. She updated a variety of documents for the professional staff in AutoCad, MS Word and Excel. She produced professional reports from the staff’s field reports. Engineering plans created and modified by Miglietta included but were not limited to: MOT, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, HVAC, safety, landscaping and environmental. Plans were checked plans against ADA building codes and Miglietta also performed engineering calculations for a project with a watershed/drainage basin. On the job training included how to produce construction estimates for bids. Architects tasked her with interior design work and selecting interior finishes. After several months with the company she was entrusted with the organization and coordination of the repainting of the 8 room headquarter office.
Teaching Assistant, Dean’s Office, College of Engineering and Computer Science. Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, FL —1/2015-4/2016,
20+ hrs per week
The teaching assistant assignments were with: Professor Guoqiang Cai, PhD for Machine Design 1 during the fall semester of 2015; and Professor Richard Granata, PhD for Engineering Materials 1 in the 2015 & 2016 spring semesters. Dr. Miglietta held office hours and helped students understand the lecture material. She taught students how to identify and solve engineering problems, graded assignments, developed quizzes and gave feedback to the professors on their lectures, assignments and exams.
Teaching Assistant, Dean’s Office, College of Engineering and Computer Science. Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton, FL —1/2015-12/2015,
20+ hrs per week
Dr. Miglietta held bi-weekly office hours in the Cube, a quiet study space for students in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students were able to make appointments for tutoring as well as same day walk-in tutoring. Dr. Miglietta tutored students in a wide range of undergraduate topics such as, calculus, statics, dynamics, oceanography, circuits, machine design, engineering materials etc. She helped students prepare for midterm & final exams, and helped students understand homework assignments.
Research Assistant, Ocean and Resources Engineering, GNS, Wellington New Zealand — 8/2008-10/2011, 20+ hrs per week
Dr. Miglietta was the research assistant in the field of renewable ocean energy development to the CEO of GNS Science (a quasi-governmental geological and nuclear science research institute in New Zealand). Working toward the development of a turbine testing location outside of Wellington in Cook Strait, she regularly attended meetings with the CEO and liaised with government ministers, power companies, industry research investigators, and universities. She investigated tidal current power as well as wave power projects. The research included fieldwork (land and sea) in Cook Strait, New Zealand.
Being expected to communicate the progress of the research, a responsibility of the position was presenting findings to a range of audiences including GNS board members, power plant managers, as well as industry and university audiences. As a result Dr. Miglietta has a good deal of experience speaking to large audiences. She lead seminars on the state of renewable ocean energy research globally as well as on her work specific to Cook Strait. Dr. Miglietta networked internationally with ocean energy companies and universities researching ocean energy. At GNS work focused on step wise planning, logistics and management of site development.
Project Manager, EE&G Environmental Engineering and Consulting Services; Miami Lakes, FL — 8/2006-4/2007, 40 hrs per week
As a project manager Dr. Miglietta executed environmental investigations, coordinated environmental testing, and analyzed environmental data. Responsibilities included maintaining project budgets, managing schedules, organized field work, collecting payments and producing formal reports. From beginning to end she lead projects; managing the proposal process, soliciting contracts, and putting together the appropriate team for each project. As the primary contact for projects, she corresponded with the clients and third parties for the full-term of projects. Responsibilities were approximately 50% in the filed and 50% in the office. She enjoyed her job, however left to pursue a graduate degree.
Aquatics Director, Riviera Schools Summer Day Camp, Coral Gables, FL — 4/2006 - 8/2006 , 40+ hrs per week
As director Dr. Miglietta developed, managed, organized and supervised all pool activities during the summer program. Two lifeguards reported to her. She oversaw and taught swim lessons for ages 3 thru 12; from learn how to swim classes, all the way up thru advanced stroke techniques. All aquatic activities were executed in a manner to promote safety as a paramount condition.
Assistant Underwater Bridge Inspector, Florida Department of Transportation; Doral, FL — 1/2006 - 8/2006 , 40+ hrs per week
This position was taken as a transfer from a lower level position in the Volusia County district. Working in a team with the lead bridge inspector and another assistant, Dr. Miglietta inspected bridges and roadways from the roadway, from a boat on the water and underwater. Inspecting bridges in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties resulted in well over 50% of work being in the field. Inspections required documenting and photographing deficiencies and maintenance needs of the bridges. Safety protocols were incorporated and adhered to in the execution of field operations in high traffic environments and in marine & underwater settings.
Materials Technician, Florida Department of Transportation; Deland, FL — 7/2005 - 1/2006 , 40+ hrs per week
In the laboratory Dr. Miglietta tested and classified, soils, and aggregates. She also worked in the asphalt laboratory and performed tests on asphalt for quality control. Dr. Miglietta prepared samples and ran tests on materials and inputted information into databases. Also working in the concrete testing lab, she was responsible for retrieving and analyzing temperature data for the concrete lab.
Awards and Certifications
Grants and Awards
College of Engineering Dean’s TA Award. 2015
GNS Research Grant. 2008, 2009
NOAA Research Grant. 2007
UCSC Undergraduate Thesis Research Grant. 2004
Cal Grant A. 2002, 2003, 2004
Outstanding Student Employee Recognition Award. 2002
Licenses and Certifications
Engineer in Training (EIT), 2011 California State Board for Professional Engineers
Enriched Air Nitrox Diver, NAUI, 2008 University of Hawaii
Master SCUBA Diver NAUI, 2008 University of Hawaii
SCUBA Rescue Diver NAUI, 2008 University of Hawaii
Aggregate Field Testing Technician American, 2005 Concrete Institute
Contract Plans Reading, 2005 Florida Department of Transportation
Construction Inspection Maths, 2005 Florida Department of Transportation
PADI Open Water Diver 2004, Santa Cruz, CA
-computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling of 3-D rotational (and irrotational) fluids
-scientific scuba diving
-performing environmental site assessments
-Fluent, ANSYS Workbench, MatLab, C++, AutoCad and general office software.
-mixed gas diving
-directing environmental testing and coordinating field work on land and at sea.
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Doctorate in Ocean Engineering 2019
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Masters in Ocean & Resources Engineering, 2010
University of California at Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Bachelors of Science in Earth Science, minor in Physics, 2005