Diego Ugaz

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Research Highlights

Research Interests

Investigating the use of uncrewed autonomous systems for observing changes in hurricane intensity.

The use of data mining/machine learning solutions to manage and process growing databases at AOML.

Diego Ugaz

Electrical Engineer (University of Miami/CIMAS), Physical Oceanography Division


4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, Florida 33149

“The successful operation of oceanographic instruments, observation systems, and development of new technologies is critical to ensuring quality data observations for the scientific community to use.”

Diego is an Electrical Engineer at the University of Miami’s Cooperative Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Science (CIMAS) and NOAA-AOML’s Physical Oceanography Division. He works on various projects in the Physical Oceanography Division at AOML providing technical support to ensure high quality oceanographic observations for scientific research. Diego’s roles include participating in deployment/recovery operations, embedded software development, hardware design/verification, and maintenance of various scientific observation systems.

Position summary:

Develops megaAVR prototype systems in hardware and firmware for expendable oceanography sensors

Designs and delivers schematic and PCB layouts for manufacturing of radiometer and temperature sensors

Performs instrument maintenance, calibration, deployment and recovery operations during research cruises aboard federal and university vessels for oceanography data collection

Creates software data tools to validate instruments deployed out in the Atlantic Ocean

Outlines operation requirements for unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) systems for aerial/marine use

Current Work

Technical Support for the following PhOD projects:
PIRATA Northeast Extension
Western Boundary Time Series
Hurricane Glider

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2015, B.S. Electrical Engineering: Digital Signal Processing concentration, University of Miami, FL

2019, Graduate studies in Machine Learning, Data Mining, Hardware Design, University of Miami, FL

MET Weather Station (testing/prototyping)

Radiometer (prototyping hardware/firmware)

XBT Autolauncher (PCB/schematic revision/maintenance)

Glider Failure Analysis Tool (in development)

Part 107 Certification for Commercial Piloting of UAV/Drones

Ocean Observing Team Award (RAPID-MOCHA-WBTS 26°N Team) 2021

For transforming understanding of Atlantic circulation with a breakthrough in observing system design, providing continuous, cost-effective measurements.