At the University of Maryland, Dr. Miralles-Wilhelm is Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) Executive Director and a hydrologist and water resources engineer who has experience working within academia, international development agencies and the private sector. He worked on a portfolio of water resources projects for the Inter-American Development Bank, both as a consultant for the private sector in the mid 1990s as well as more recently as a program manager. Fernando has also studied hydrology internationally and worked with Engineers Without Borders primarily in Latin American countries such as Nicaragua and Costa Rica, which serves the needs of disadvantaged communities through engineering solutions.
Miralles-Wilhelm's primary scientific research focus is on hydrology and climate interactions, specifically pertaining to vegetative ecosystem issues in the Everglades, where he's worked for the past decade. As a Professor, he specializes in a hydrology and water resources engineering curricula, with a special interest in sustainability modeling.
He has a mechanical engineering diploma from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, an MS in engineering from UC-Irvine, and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from MIT.