The nine graduates of the FIU College of Engineering & Computing were recognized at the Spring 2019 commencement ceremony.

“These women come from different walks of life, but they share a passion for their fields and for changing lives that serves as an inspiration to others,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg.

Among the accomplishments of the engineering standouts:

  • Giselle Valdes conducted genetic engineering research and was accepted to graduate programs at Harvard and MIT – all while caring for a grandmother with Alzheimer’s disease and a mother with multiple sclerosis.
  • Alexandria Segovia is the first FIU student to earn an Internet of Things (IoT) degree.
  • Sheila Alemany researched how to more accurately predict hurricane trajectories using artificial intelligence.
  • Cesia Bulnes is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who has been hired by Microsoft.
  • Gabriela Gutierrez Duran will work at Boeing as a flight test engineer after graduation.
  • Claudia Ramirez-Mederos assisted in developing a three-axis shake table to study the effects of earthquakes on structures.
  • Rossana Zotti designed a hospital patient transfer system that allows one nurse to move a patient from one bed to another, regardless of the patient’s weight.
  • Angela Hogan re-established a university chapter of Engineers Without Borders, a nonprofit organization that helps communities meet their basic human needs.
  • Ariana Bueno interned for Lockheed Martin, conducted optics and laser related research as an intern for Boeing and plans to become an astronaut.
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